After an emotional Thursday at the Olympic Games, the smile was back with sailor Marit Bouwmeester on Friday.

The Frisian seemed to have no chance for gold in the Laser Radial class, but partly due to mistakes by the Danish Anne-Marie Rindom, she can hope for title prolongation again.

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"The emotions were high yesterday. This morning it still looked hopeless and now at least I have another chance", said a happy Bouwmeester after the ninth and tenth race.

"It's exciting, because everything is close together. But I have the opportunity to take a medal and I will do everything I can."

The 33-year-old Bouwmeester was still in a minor key on Thursday after she was disqualified in the seventh race due to an early start and only finished seventh in the eighth race.

The gap on classification leader Rindom seemed unbridgeable, but the Danish made it exciting again through his own mistakes.

Rindom finished the ninth race on Friday in 26th position and was disqualified in the tenth race for hindering Bouwmeester at the start.

at least;

the Danish thought she was being disqualified for getting a yellow flag for the second time this tournament, but that rule doesn't apply at the Games.

Rindom, moved to tears, only found out too late and did not finish.

"I knew that with this gentle wind and with so many boats on a small line it would be important to position well", Bouwmeester looked back on the controversial start.

"The Danish always makes a fight and came very late, so there was no time and space left and she put her boat under mine. She went to pry and that was an expensive mistake."

Rindom, moved to tears, is still in the lead for Sunday's medal race, but Bouwmeester is already following seven points.

It is also close behind.

"I had to fight hard for it today and I will have to do that again later. In that respect I am happy that I will be ready and can go on holiday."

Standings for Sunday's medal race

  • 1. Anne-Marie Rindom (Den) - 64 points

  • 2. Marit Bouwmeester (Ned) - 71 points

  • 3. Josefin Olsson (Swe) - 79 points

  • 4. Sarah Douglas (Can) - 82 points

  • 5. Emma Plasschaert (Bel) - 83 points

  • 6. Silvia Zennaro (Ita) - 84 points

  • 7. Tuula Tenkanen (Fin) - 87 points

  • 8. Line Flem Høst (Noo) - 101 points

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