Thu, 23 Sep 2021

TOKYO, Aug.1 (Xinhua) -- Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark won the women's laser radial at Tokyo 2020 here on Sunday.

Before the medal race, Rindom enjoyed an advantage of seven net points in the overall rankings. Despite a seventh-place finish in the medal race, she managed to secure gold with an overall 78 net points, three points ahead of Swedish Josefin Olsson, who claimed silver after winning the medal race.

Dutch sailor Marit Bouwmeester, two points behind Olsson, bagged the bronze for her third Olympic medal, after winning silver in this event at London 2012 and gold at Rio 2016.

Rindom became the second Danish woman to win an Olympic gold medal in sailing, after Kristine Roug won the women's Europe class at Atlanta 1996. This ia also the first gold medal for Denmark at the Tokyo Games.

"It's a lot of pressure because I obviously wanted to do good. And after the start, it was good for me, it was a good position to be in," said Rindom.

"But I got a lot of seaweed in my bailer, so I couldn't bail all the water out. And that was a little unusual for this place, I've never seen so much seagrass inside my boat so I was a little bit surprised.

"And I couldn't get it out so that created some extra pressure for me on that first downwind."

Olsson became the first Swedish woman to win an Olympic medal in sailing since Athens 2004, when Therese Torgersson and Vendela Santen took bronze in the women's 470.

"I've been really nervous and there's been some pressure on myself and stuff like that, but I'm super happy to achieve this," Olsson said.

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