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New Zealand wins men´s RS:X sailing Olympic gold

Source: Xinhua | 08-20-2008 15:17

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

QINGDAO, East China, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Tom Ashley of New Zealand won the gold medal of the men's RS:X at the Olympic Sailing Regatta here on Wednesday.

Tom Ashley celebrates his victory. (Photo credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Tom Ashley celebrates his victory. 
(Photo credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Placing third into the medal race, Ashley finished second by the first mark and was left behind by Israel at the second mark with a 12-second margin. He maintained his position and sailed steadily to the finishing line, totalling 52 points overall to claim the title.

Julien Bontemps of France took the silver medal with 53 points and the bronze medal went to Shahar Zubari of Israel with 58 points.

Chan King Yin of Hong Kong, China won the medal race and lied sixth overall with 84 points.