Rio 2016: Sailing Day One: Dempsey leads the way on the first day of Sailing

A look back at the first day of the sailing, with a Brit leading the way.

Rio 2016: Sailing Day One: Dempsey leads the way on the first day of Sailing
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Day one of the Sailing commenced in Rio on Monday, the windsurfing being the first to get underway. Nick Dempsey took an early glimpse of the medal race and possible Gold as he took the first race by the scruff of the neck getting an early lead.

Byron Kokkolanis from Greece finished second in the first race to keep the Brit in sight. Current world champion Piotr Myszk had a reasonable finish in fourth, with Dorien Van Rijsselberghe shouldn't be discounted dispite ending the first race in fifth place. Rijsselberghe has won five world championships in the last eight years, so is definately a force to be reckoned with.

The second race so the Brit extend his chances of the top podium spot, as once again he finished first. The Greek was also keeping one hand on the silver with another second place. Van Rijsselberghe crept a little closer to the medals as he finished third in this race

In the final race of the first day, positions started to change a little as the Dutch windsurfer finally got the better of Dempsey and won the race. Dempsey however, with his second place finish is still in a good position going into the other races.

Myszk and Kokkolanis finished fifth and sixth respectively to keep within reach.

How about the ladies?

On the ladies side Charline Picon took the lead in the first race, Stefania Elfutina finished second, with Brit Bryony Shaw finishing the first race in seventh position.

The second race and Italian Flavia Tartaglini broke out to take the win, with Picon extending her current position taking the second spot. Shaw had a bit of a nightmare with a capsize at one stage and ended the race in 20th place.

The final race of the day saw Picon once again at the front of the pack with Mariana Alabau coming second. Shaw had a better run than the race before and pulled some places finishing in ninth.

In the Men's laser class, the first race ended with Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia coming first, the Russian Sergey Komissarov finish in second. Nick Thompson finished in eigth place.

The home crowd were delighted in race two, as local Robert Scheidt took the win, and fellow South American Julio Alsogary of Argentina taking second. The Brit had what for him would have been a disappointing 17th place.

In the womans laser radial, the first race was won by Annalise Murphy from Ireland (our nearest neighbour, we can stake our claim now!) Evi Van Acker from Belgium stepping into the second spot. Alison Young of Team GB finished 13th in the first race.

The second race saw Gintare Scheidt from Lithuania finished first, and Paige Railey from USA claiming second. Murphy came 13th and Young 17th so both dropped back slightly