The Portuguese sailors Pedro and Diogo Costa guaranteed today, in Vilamoura, the qualification for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games, occupying the only place still available for the male class 470.
It only took a 10th place in the first race of the day in the World Championship of the class to overcome the Swiss, the main opponents of the national duo in the fight for the Olympic place.
“It is the first time that we have qualified for the Olympic Games. It is the culmination of the work that started in 2016, after we won the 420 World Cup. We ended this very happy moment ”said Pedro Costa.
For Diogo Costa, the day was “very complicated but very relieving”. “I had drawn eight places between us and the Swiss and that is exactly how we stayed. It was spectacular. We didn't celebrate anything, we went to the second race in full, as if we hadn't won anything ”, he pointed out.
As for a medal in this event, the pair, who remain in 2nd place, promise to maintain the same attitude and give their best on Saturday. The classification continues to be led by Swedes Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström.
Tomorrow, the last day of the competition promises a lot of emotion with the final decision depending on the result of the Medal Race, in which only the top ten in the classification participate, with the particularity that the score will double.
In the women's competition, the regattas of the day did not bring changes to the table: the Spanish Silvia Mas Depares and Patricia Cantero Reina remain in the lead, for the fourth consecutive day.
The day was decisive in the allocation of the Olympic place, with Turkey taking the best to Russia and Ukraine, since the three countries ended their participation in the World Cup today, not being included in the Medal Race.
In mixed competition – the future of the 470 class, including an Olympic presence as early as 2024 – Israelis Gil Cohen and Noam Homri maintained their 1st place obtained yesterday.
On the other hand, on the fourth day of the European Championship of class RS: X, an Olympic modality of windsurfing, the Israeli Ofek Elimelech rose from 3rd place to the leadership, relegating the Dutchman Kiran Badloe, current European and world champion, to the 2nd place.
In the women's competition, the French Charline Picon, the current European champion, returned to the leadership of the race.
The regattas of the World Championship class 470, which takes place in Vilamoura until Saturday, can be followed through the live broadcast on Vilamoura Sailing's official Facebook and Youtube page.