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China's Lu into top 3 in women's RS:X sailing

27 Jul 2021, 03:45 GMT+10

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China's Lu Yunxiu moved into third place in the Olympic women's RS:X sailing, with Charline Picon of France and Emma Wilson of Great Britain tied at the top.

TOKYO, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese sailor Lu Yunxiu surged into third place overall in the women's RS:X sailing competition at Tokyo 2020 here on Monday in Enoshima Yacht Harbour.

The 2019 world champion had finished second, ninth and 25th in the first three races on Sunday. She acclimatized better to the windy conditions on Monday with two second-place finishes in the first two races, before winning the third race to climb to third overall.

Defending Olympic champion Charline Picon of France and debutante Emma Wilson of Great Britain are tied at the top of the overall rankings on 14 points each after six races.

Wilson won the first race of the day. After maintaining an early lead into the second leg, she was outpaced briefly by Japan's Yuki Sunaga but pumped to the front of the pack by taking advantage of the strong winds. Lu pushed through to claim second place, with Sunaga slipping back to third.

Picon won the second race of the day, with Wilson finishing fourth, but the Briton fought back in the third race to take second place ahead of Picon in fourth. They tied with 14 net points in the overall rankings after six races.

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"It was difficult today because there was an offshore wind, and it was very easy to make a mistake, and the race could change very quickly," Picon said of her win. "It wasn't the best day for me because the British [Emma Wilson] and Chinese [Lu Yunxiu] competitors had two good races, I only had one. But I'm in a good place halfway through the regatta. It would be better to be in front, but hopefully I can be better in the medal race."

"Today was more difficult than yesterday for sure, the wind was more intense than we expected, between 12-18 knots and offshore, unstable, gusty, and the angle was very low, but I finished okay. The start was difficult, we couldn't line up, and that made a difference, it made the race more difficult," she added.

Wilson was satisfied with her performance. "A really good day, I'm really happy. It was a lot more fun than yesterday, and more like what we are used to in England. And I was prepared for everything. I enjoyed it a lot."

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