TOKYO, August 1 (Xinhua) -Anne-Marie Rindom from Denmark won the ladies’ laser radial at Tokyo 2020 here on Sunday.
Before the medal race, Rindom had an advantage of seven net points on the overall ranking. Despite a seventh place in the medal race, she managed to secure gold with a total of 78 points, three points ahead of Swedish Josefin Olsson, who took silver after winning the medal race.
The Dutch sailor Marit Bouwmeester, two points behind Olsson, took the bronze for his third Olympic medal, after winning silver in this event in London 2012 and gold in Rio 2016.
Rindom became the second Danish woman to win an Olympic gold medal in sailing, after Kristine Roug won the European class for women in Atlanta in 1996. This is also Denmark’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Games.
“There’s a lot of pressure because I obviously wanted to do well. 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 could not save all the water. And it was a bit unusual for this place, I have never seen so much seagrass inside my boat so I was a little surprised.
“And I couldn’t get it out so it created a little extra pressure for me on the first headwind.”
Olsson became the first Swedish woman to win an Olympic medal in sailing since Athens in 2004, when Therese Torgersson and Vendela Santen took bronze in the ladies’ 470.
“I’ve been really nervous and there’s been some pressure on myself and stuff, but I’m super happy to get this,” Olsson said.