Poland’s Zofia Noceti-Klepacka won gold in the Women’s RS:X in style by winning the Medal Race in front of the St Kilda Sailing Precinct.
Klepacka held a six point lead over a strong Chinese contingent going into the Medal Race and as she expected, they looked to hold her up at the start. Klepacka managed to shake them off and stay at the front of the pack before eventually crossing the finish line in first to seal the deal.
“I gave it full power and I was ready,” said Klepacka. “I was concentrating before racing. I knew it would be a short race and the Chinese girls attacked me before the start and after the start. “I feel really tired but really happy.”
Klepacka missed out on selection to the Polish team for Rio 2016 and seriously contemplated her future within the sport. Gold in Melbourne has now given her a new lease of life, “I’m old,” exclaimed Klepacka, “I’m 30 and a mum of two kids and sometimes I think about quitting. But when you win a competition it motivates you to work harder. I think I’m going to try to go to the Tokyo Olympic Games and take a medal.”
Manjia Zheng (CHN) and Yunxiu Lu (CHN) complete the Women’s RS:X podium.
Kiran Badloe (NED) held a good lead going into the Men’s RS:X Medal Race and a second place confirmed him as the Sailing World Cup Final champion.
Badloe grabbed the initiative/edge early on in the week and never looked back, finishing second in the Medal Race to conclude a dominant week of racing. “It was hard work but fun in the end,” explained Badloe on the day’s race. “I didn’t really capitalise on my start but I managed to sail my way to the front. I had to work hard to get up to speed and stay sharp. I got away with the win which is awesome.”
It was heartbreak for Great Britain’s Tom Squires who was on the course side at the start of the race and subsequently disqualified. Squires dropped out of a podium place which benefitted Ivan Pastor (ESP) and Makoto Tomizawa (JPN) who completed the top three.