In Sochi on the basis of the fgbi “South Sports” is nearing completion of the main national competition of the season in the Olympic class of Windsurfing. On the penultimate day of the regatta Stefania Elfwina secured first place. Here is what the press service of the WFTU:
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From the beginning of the championship, the participants waited for the wind. And he was lazy and blew slightly. But on Saturday finally took pity on the athletes, races were held with wind from 10 to 15 knots. This was combined with waves of almost three meters.
The organizers of the regatta held seven races: four men and three women.
After the second race of the day, it became clear that Russian national team leader Stephanie Elfwina secured an early victory in the championship. Rivals do not have even theoretical chance to get around bronze medalist of the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. In the 11 races at two emission Stefania scored 10 points.
“This regatta Stefania is just locative – said the coach of the athletes Victor Ayvazyan. – All she needed was to take no lower than fourth place, to officially become the number one team. In principle, Stefania had already qualified for the Games in Tokyo. She is now in good shape, and we will continue to work on increasing. Now will be the adjustment of plans, we’ll see where to train. Most likely it will be Vilamoura or Cadiz. Then go to the world Cup in New Zealand, unless, of course, it will not survive”.
But for silver and bronze medals unfolded a tough fight. The athlete from St. Petersburg Anna Korikova in the first race finished third, and then twice conceded the team leader.
“Finally came a fresh breeze, and we normally went to the fins – everything was as I like, – shared after the race Anna Korikova. – In the first race I came in at the first sign of a leader, and with a good margin, but tactically wrong – very early on turned into the shore. And there the wind first, weaker, and secondly, a little “sets”. Plus, it was the people “from the sea” “flying” by. And when he reached the gate, it turned out such a cover: wind blowing around, I can’t do anything. Because of this error Polina Firsova drove around me right at the gate. In the second and third races I took no chances and just went there where more wind. In the end everything turned out”.
Following the Saturday Anna scored 23 points ahead of world Junior champion Muscovite resnikoff Jan. For 16-year-old girl fresh wind is not too comfortable, although she admitted that already really wants to try their hand and at a good speed. However, three-fifths of the parish threw Ian into third place. And play Anna four points now separating the athletes, for the one remaining race will be extremely difficult – almost impossible.
“Now girls catch up to Stephanie, and in some weather even run against her, – said Victor Ayvazyan. It’s very good: it is hoped that in the future someone else will raise from the stars. The guys also competition is very strong, and the youth tightened. Here and now very much separated the top three – Askerov, Aivazian and Burmistenko. They will compete for medals.”
The intrigue of the men spun to the limit. After four Saturday race leaders came Alexander Askerov – he has 19 points. Two more points – Vladislav of Burmistenko, three – Evgeny Ayvazyan. In fact, before the medal race, for which you get double points, you guys are in the same position. And the champion of Russia will be the one who will be able to focus on one remaining start.