Can Bri­tain rule the waves in Rio?

AS THE OLYMPIC RE­GATTA GETS UN­DER WAY, LUKE BROWN EX­PLAINS THE CLASSES AND THE RULES AND AS­SESSES TEAM GB’S MEDAL HOPES

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RS: X Key info

Wind­surf­ing, an Olympic event since 1984 for men and 1992 for women, nearly missed out on Rio. The gov­ern­ing body said in 2012 it was to be re­placed by kite­board­ing, only for the de­ci­sion – blasted as “bizarre” by Bri­tain’s Nick Dempsey – to be re­versed later that year. The class is now as­sured of its place at Tokyo 2020. Wind­surfs are the fastest mono­hull crafts, and can be raced in winds of three to 30 knots, and reach speeds of over 30 knots.

Who is on Team GB?

Dempsey and Bry­ony Shaw are Olympic medal­lists and two of the most ex­pe­ri­enced mem­bers of Team GB, though both await their first gold. Shaw (left) won bronze in Bei­jing whilst Dempsey – who has been on Team GB since Syd­ney 2000 – won bronze in Athens and sil­ver in Lon­don.

Who is favourite?

The men’s RS: X fleet is in­tensely com­pet­i­tive, with Dutch­man Dorian van Ri­js­sel­berge, who won gold in Lon­don, once again among the favourites. World Cham­pion Piotr Myszka, of Poland, will also be dan­ger­ous. Shaw is ranked No 1 in the world, al­though 2012 cham­pion Ma­rina Alabau, of Spain, can be ex­pected to mount a stern de­fence.

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