Smooth Sailing (for Some) Jewish Olympians
It was smooth sailing ahead for kosher Kiwi Jo Aleh of New Zealand on Saturday, when she came in second place in the Laser Radial event, taking the overall lead from Anna Tunnicliffe of the United States, the world’s top-ranked woman Laser Radial sailor. Aleh previously came in fourth and had a trio of second-place finishes, and was able to waive her worst score of 22nd place. To win the gold, she must stay at or near the top.
The Jewish state was not so lucky this weekend. Israel’s gold hopes faded on Sunday when windsurfer Shahar Tzuberi fell to third place overall in the RS:X men’s windsurfing competition after coming in sixth in the sixth race and 19th in the seventh sail.
According to reports, Zubari filed an appeal against the seventh sail’s results, claiming that Greece’s Nikolaos Kaklamanakis collided with him, but the appeal was denied.
In the women’s RS:X windsurfing competition, Maayan Davidovich of Israel came in 14th in her sixth sail and is now ranked 13th overall.