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Spain, Netherlands take windsurfing gold

London, England (Sports Network) - Spain's Marina Alabau Neira and the Netherlands' Dorian van Rijsselberge won windsurfing gold Tuesday.

Alabau Neira carried a 14-point advantage into the women's RS:X medal race, which she won to secure first place and her first Olympic medal. She had placed fourth in the event at the 2008 Beijing Games.

It was a fitting final performance for Alabau Neira, who recorded seven top- three results during the opening series.

Finland's Tuuli Petaja took silver, while Poland's Zofia Noceti-Klepacka used a third-place finish in the medal race to earn bronze.

Van Rijsselberge had effectively secured gold prior to the medal race in the men's RS:X event. Following the opening series of 10 races, where points are awarded on an ascending basis -- 1 for first, 2 for second, and so on -- he had 13. Great Britain's Nick Dempsey was second with 35.

While points are doubled in the medal race, van Rijsselberge could do no worse than 10th and needed only to start. He ended up winning the medal race to complete his windsurfing dominance.

Dempsey finished third in the medal race to get silver, while Poland's Przemyslaw Miarczynski was the bronze medalist.

In women's Elliott 6m match racing, Spain and Finland both won two races to get a leg up in their quarterfinal best-of-five matches.

Spain is matched up with France, while Finland is taking on the United States. Both squads can move into the semis with one victory Wednesday.

In the other quarterfinals, the Netherlands and Australia split their two races, as did Great Britain and Russia.

Both of the 470 (two-person dinghy) classes held opening series races. Australians Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page won twice Tuesday to keep their lead and will head into the medal race with a four-point advantage over Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell.

In the women's 470, New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie lead after a pair of victories Tuesday.

08/07 13:03:07 ET


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