Kiran Badloe did not immediately realize on Thursday that he is almost certain of the Olympic title in windsurfing.

The 26-year-old Dutchman only has to complete Saturday's medal race without errors to succeed his former training mate Dorian van Rijsselberghe.

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Badloe was handed a phone after his supreme victory in the twelfth and final regular race in the RS:X class.

The face of Van Rijsselberghe appeared on the screen, who closely follows the actions of his good friend in the middle of the night in his hometown of Laguna Beach (California).

"It's great that Dorian is watching everything and I could FaceTime with him right away," Badloe told the



"What he said? Ha, very cool with another swear word in front of it. I'll call him in a bit more detail."

Badloe dominated the last days in Enoshima Bay, as Van Rijsselberghe did at the 2012 and 2016 Games. two Thomas Goyard.

The Frenchman can only bridge that gap if Badloe does not start, does not finish or is disqualified in the last race.

"It's slowly starting to dawn on me that I'm really in good shape," Badloe said.

"I didn't realize it at all on the water, but when I came to the side, I quickly heard that I had built up a very big lead. It still feels a bit unreal that I am almost an Olympic champion."

The Dutchman, who was already the big favorite for gold before the Games, emphasizes that he is not yet completely sure of his first title.

"I have to sail a clean race on Saturday. I should be able to do that, but I still have to keep my head up. In two days I will cheer exuberantly if it went well."

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