Five For Friday: Sailing World Championships

By Paul D. Bowker | Aug. 10, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Paige Railey waits to compete in Laser Radial at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Aug. 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

 

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Paige Railey, a two-time Olympian and five-time world medalist, will go after a world title in Laser Radial Friday at the Hempel World Sailing Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.

Railey had six top-10 finishes in her first seven races this week, leading up to the medal round. She emerged from Thursday’s racing in fourth.

Forty percent of the Olympic quota spots for Tokyo 2020 are on the line in Denmark. The U.S. secured its spot in Laser, Laser Radial and men’s 470 and will look to earn quotas in the remaining seven Olympic classes next year.

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In addition to Railey in Laser Radial, American sailors remain in the men’s RS:X, women’s RS:X, 49er and Nacra 17 Foiling. 

U.S. women’s kiteboarder Daniela Moroz is ranked first in the world and currently leads the standings. Kiteboarding is likely to make its Olympic debut in 2024 in Paris.

The competition began with 62 American sailors competing in 12 classes, including 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Caleb Paine in the Finn class. 

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc