Olympic sailing: Day 4 preview

Olympic sailing: Day 4 preview

Spain's Marina Alabau at the Rio Olympics

The men’s Finn and women’s RS:X will be covered live on Day 4 of Olympic sailing races on Tuesday. Marina da Glória on Guanabara Bay will see a lot of sailing action.

The RS:X class moves to the waters of Escola Naval – where the Laser and Laser radial races were held on Monday – and the latter will move to the waters of Ponte on Guanabara Bay.

Men’s Finn

Great Britain’s Giles Scott will attempt to take over the reign of five-time Olympic medalist Ben Ainslie. Ainslie, Britain’s most-decorated sailor in Games history, moved on to compete in America’s Cup.

In the last four years, Scott has won gold in 16 of 18 regattas entered. The Finn class will crown a new winner in Rio and Scott will be a top contender.

Other medal contenders include: Slovenia’s Vasilij Zbogar, France’s Jonathan Lobert, Denmark’s Jonas Hogh-Christensen and New Zealand’s Josh Junior

Women’s RS:X

It was France’s Charline Picon who took the top spot with 2 net points, followed by Russia’s Stefaniya Elfutina (five net points) and Italy’s Flavia Tartaglini (six net points) on Monday – not the top medal contenders.

Great Britain’s Bryony Shaw, China’s Peina Chen and Poland’s Malgorzata Bialecka – all top contenders – finished in 10th place or lower.

However, Spain’s Marina Alabau, who has a great shot at a medal finished fifth overall.

American Marion Lepert finished ninth overall and still has a chance to medal if she improves her performance on Tuesday.

Men’s RS:X

In windsurfing, all crafts are the exact same size and shape, crediting the sailor, not the gear, with a successful race.

Dominating the men’s RS:X lately have been Netherlands’ Dorian van Rijsselberge and Great Britain’s Nick Dempsey. To no surprise, these two kept up with their reputation on Monday.

Dempsey heads in to the next three races with his eyes on gold. He took the top spot on Monday by winning the first two races and finishing second in the third, earning him a total of four points and two net points in his first three races.

The gold medal favorite, van Rijsselberge, placed fifth in his first race, third in his second and won his third race. He ranks second with four net points heading into Tuesday’s races.

Medal contender, China’s Aichen Wang heads into Tuesday’s races ranked 13th. American Pedro Pascual finished in 28th place overall on Monday.

Women’s Laser Radial

The gold medal favorite, Netherlands’ Marit Bouwmeester, finished second overall on Monday behind China’s Xu Lijia, the London Games gold medalist. Xu was a dark horse in the Laser Radial in Rio due to her shortened preparation period for the Games. She came back from retirement in late 2015, which only allowed her about a year to prepare. Many counted her out but after her performance on Monday, it is fair to say that she is back in contention for gold in Rio.

Silver medal contender Evi Van Acker of Belgium finished second in the first race and finished fifth overall. Britain’s Alison Young, also a medal contender heads in to Tuesday’s races ranked 13th overall.

American Paige Railey had an impressive second race finishing in second but finished 13th overall for the day.

Men’s Laser

Great Britain’s Nick Thompson is the gold medal favorite in this event and Australia’s Tom Burton is the silver medal favorite. Surprisingly, they both head into Tuesday’s races ranked 10th overall or lower, Burton finishing 10th and Thompson 11th.  Bronze medal contenders Brazil’s Robert Scheidt finished seventh overall and France’s Jean Baptiste Bernaz finished 5th.

The top three overall finishers include: Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic (first), Argentina’s Julio Alsogaray (second), Russia’s Sergei Komissarov (third).

American Charlie Buckingham finished 12th overall with a seventh place finish in race 2.

Watch the stream of Olympic sailing Day 4 races beginning at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.

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