Today was the penultimate day of the Laser Standard World Championship that is being held in Sakaiminato, Japan, with mixed results for Spanish sailors. Joel Rodríguez, now in the 29th position overall, relieved Joaquín Blanco at the head of the national squad. This dance of positions placed Spain in the sixth place in the ranking of countries that choose one of the five new nation squares for the next Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020.
Canarian Joel Rodriguez (RCN Gran Canaria) signed today his best results so far in competition and made a significant jump in the general classification. With a set of 6 + 16, Rodriguez climbed to 29th place and became the most outstanding Spanish athlete in the Laser Standard World Championship.
His club mate, Joaquín Blanco, who until now had remained among the top 25 classified, today fell to 34th overall because he added to his locker 38 + 41 partials.
These new results have caused Spain to descend a position, is in the sixth position of the ranking of nations that struggle to get one of the five new places to compete in Tokyo 2020. The fourth and fifth provisional position of this classification is occupied by Russia and Guatemala with their respective main representatives in posts 20 and 21 of the general, which gives them an advantage of eighteen and seventeen points respectively over Spain, with Joel Rodríguez in 28th place overall.
The national coach of Laser Standard, Jano Toro, explained that the day was "windy" and said that "Joaquin was not able to get hooked with the leading group in the first beat but Joel today did manage to improve his navigation".
As for the situation in Spain in the fight for a position in Tokyo 2020, Toro said that "we still have options." The Galician coach recalled that "the classification by countries is very tight" and emphasized that it is necessary "to think that it is still possible". "There is a lot of position dancing and anything can happen," he said.
Tomorrow, Tuesday July 9, the Laser Standard World Championship, which takes place in Sakaiminato, Japan, and which started on Thursday, July 4, will come to an end with the dispute of the last two races of the competition. At the end of the championship five countries not yet classified for Tokyo 2020 will get a position in the next Olympic Games in the Laser Standard class. . (tagsToTranslate) Spain (t) will play (t) classification (t) for (t) tokyo