2 more light wind races on day 5 of the French Olympic Week, Saturday it will be all or nothing during the exciting medal series where the entire top 10 will be able to win the gold. Favorites for gold are the French Nicolas Goyard and Hélène Noesmoen who have been leading the ranking this entire week showing their skill in all different conditions.
France’s World and European champion, Nicolas Goyard, is has been completely dominant all week and is guaranteed a medal Saturday but only gold will interest him. He added two more wins (in the only two races possible in light winds) on Friday to make it 11 wins in a row, finishing 29 points clear of fellow Frenchman Clément Bourgeois. The Final Series (see format below) gives everyone in the top 10 a chance to fight their way through to one grand winner-takes-all final with three riders.
Hélène Noesmoen, has been as dominant as her compatriot and fellow World and European champion, Goyard, and won both her races yesterday, making it 12 wins out of 16 this week, to finish 24 points clear of Poland’s Maja Dziarnowska, herself 17 points clear of third.
Final Series format:
The top 10 in the overall ranking go through
Quarter-final: One race. The seven riders ranked 4-10 overall compete. Top two go through.
Semi-final: One race. Four riders. The top two from the QF compete against 2nd and 3rd overall. top two go through
Final: One race, three riders. The top two from the SF compete against the 1st overall to decide the podium places.
To find out more about the French Olympic Week: sof.ffvoile.fr
Source: French Olympic Week
Photos: Sailing Energy/Fédération Française de Voile