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Greek Yachtsman Sets Sails Without Olympic Medal

 LONDON – Greek yachtsman Byron Kokkalanis hoped to win a medal in the RSX competition at the London 2012 Olympics Games, but finished out of the running among the 10 entries on Aug. 7. He had been standing 5th after 10 races. He had been sailing well, finishing in 4th position in the 9th race, and 9th in  the 10th race, accumulating 65 penalty points.  At the same time, the Cypriot Andrew Karioulou completed his appearances in London, finishing 17th in the general ranking with 150 penalty points.
Dutchman Dorian Van Riselberge won the gold, with the silver going to Nick Dempsey of Great Britain and the bronze to Poland’s Przemyslaw Miarczynski. Julien Bontemps of France finished the medal race in second behind Van Rijsselberge, but it was not enough to secure him a place on the podium. Bontemps finished fifth overall, behind Toni Wilhelm of Germany, who just missed out in fourth. Van Rijsselberge came into the medal race with gold mathematically assured, knowing he only had to turn up and compete – even if he finished last – to clinch the victory.

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