World Windsurfing Championships: Peina Chen, Pierre Le Coq crowned champions

World Windsurfing Championships: Peina Chen, Pierre Le Coq crowned champions
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Published October 25th, 2015 - 15:57 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Consistency marked the title triumphs of China's Peina Chen and France's Pierre Le Coq as the duo won the women's and men's crowns...
Consistency marked the title triumphs of China's Peina Chen and France's Pierre Le Coq as the duo won the women's and men's crowns...

Consistency marked the title triumphs of China's Peina Chen and France's Pierre Le Coq as the duo won the women's and men's crowns, respectively, at the 2015 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships that concluded at the Musannah Sports City on Saturday.

On the concluding day, the medals race produced some thrilling contests.

The 26 year old Peina proved unstoppable in her bid for the gold while despite an eighth-place finish on the final day, Le Coq had done enough to take the men's top prize.

A delighted Peina said, “It feels amazing to be world champion. For me, today's race was about trying to keep out of the way of the other girls, whose results were important. I just enjoyed the day and the good wind.

“This event has taught me to focus more on myself and how to control my mind during competitions. I need to trust myself because I know I can perform well.”

Bryony Shaw, the British 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, staved off a tough challenge from Dutch girl Lilian de Geus to claim the silver with a fourth-place finish in the medals race. De Geus settled for the bronze.

Le Coq, 26, who dominated throughout the week, said, “It is incredible, I am the world champion. The conditions today were perfect. I really enjoyed racing with the top guys. I have to put my title down to training. I have lived every day for the last three months for this world championship and it has paid off.”

Le Coq added, “The French team is very strong and thanks to my teammates and the way they have pushed me that I could become a world champion here.”

China's Aichen Wang, who finished the medal race in sixth place, took the silver medal, while 2012 London Olympic gold medallist Dorian van Rijsselberghe claimed the bronze.

Eighteen year old Stefania Elfutina of Russia won the U21 women's title, while the men's winner in the U21 category was Italy's 19 year old Mattia Camboni.

Later on Saturday, the chief guest, H E Ahmed al Mahrazi, the Minister of Tourism, and guest of honour H E Maitha al Mahrouqi, the Undersecretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Chairwoman of Oman Sail, presented the trophies in the presence of David Graham, the Oman Sail CEO.

Oman will host another global event when the Laser Radial Women's Championships will be held from November 19-26 at the same venue.

Overall results (top five): Men: 1 Pierre Le Coq (France, 50 points), 2 Aichen Wang (China, 51), 3 Dorian van Rijsselberghe (Netherlands, 61), 4 Zhichao Zhang (China, 63), 5 Piotr Myszka (Poland, 64).

Women: 1 Peina Chen (China, 33 points), 2 Bryony Shaw (Britain, 38), 3 Lilian de Geus (Netherlands, 46), 4 Zofia Noceti-Klepacka (Poland, 48), 5 Malgorzata Bialecka (Poland, 55).

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