China's Aichen Wang Dominates At ISAF Rio Test
Published: Thursday, 20 August 2015
China’s Aichen Wang takes a 17-point lead in the Men’s RS:X Division at the Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta (Aug 15-22) in Rio de Janerio. Brazil.
(China's Aichen Wang)
The ISAF event welcomes 339 sailors from 52 nations. The Aquece Rio is the second sailing test event in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition and sailors will be looking to stamp their authority one year out from the largest sporting event in the world.
Wang is coached by Olympic gold medal winning coach Tom Ashley of New Zealand. Ashley, who won gold in the Men's RS:X at Beijing 2008, has guided Wang to five race victories from nine fleet races with the remaining results all in the top five.
“He's been amazing this week,” says Ashley. “I have rarely seen anyone give such a good performance. All the years that I was sailing and the last couple of years I've been watching as a coach, so far, it's been one of the best performances I have seen.”
Wang's potential has shone brightly with only the second placed Pierre Le Coq (FRA) able to overthrow him if eight boats separate the duo. In all likelihood Le Coq will be aiming to protect his silver medal with Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) six points behind and Ivan Pastor (ESP) 10 points behind heading into the Medal Race.
(Hong Kong's Hei Man Chan)
When asked who would win between Wang now and Ashley at his peak, the coach answered, "him for sure but people are just better now. The level of the fleet is so much higher than it used to be. Before I imagined I would teach him techniques from the other sailors and from what I used to know. Recently, I've started to think he has a lot better potential than what I had."
France's Charline Picon has 29 points tied with Malgorzata Bialecka (POL) in the Women’s RS:X Division. Spain's Blanca Manchon is third with 31 points. Hei Man Chan of Hong Kong is in sixth place with 48 points.
In the Nacra 17 division, Australia’s Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin claimed both race wins to advance to the top of the leader board.
Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) advanced up to first overall in the Men's 470. The Croatians were comfortable on the racetrack and finished 26 seconds clear of Onan Barreiros and Juan Curbelo Cabrera (ESP).
In the Women's 470 Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha (USA) held onto top spot with a smart performance. In the single race that saw ups and downs amongst the top five teams the Americans held firm to sail their way to a second. Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes van Veen (NED) took the race win and moved up to sixth overall.
It was one race apiece for the Laser and Laser Radial fleets outside of Guanabara Bay on the Copacabana racecourse. Francesco Marrai (ITA) extended his lead in the Laser by taking a second, behind race winner Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA). Sweden's Josefin Olsson took the race victory in the Laser Radial Division.
Jonathan Lobert (FRA) and Giles Scott (GBR) shone in the Finn and reeled in the early pace setter Pieter Jan Postma (NED).
Scott put in the outstanding performance of the day with a 1-3 to move up to fourth overall whilst a third and a second for Lobert sees him tied on points with Postma who sailed his way to a 16th, which he discards, and a sixth.
Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen (DEN) picked up the victory and move up to fifth overall in the 49erFX Divsion. Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich (ITA) move back up to first overall following an eighth place finish.