Many knew that Andreas Geritzer was good. But one could only hope for a medal. Already in Sydney he was close to it with fifth place. Four years of ups and downs followed, but now he's done it. Silver for Austria.
It was a nerve-wracking race. Because he couldn't afford to make a mistake since he dragged a 34th place as a string player with him from the third race. In addition, even the sixth could still intervene in the battle for the medals.
The conditions were also anything but easy. Seven knots of wind and an uncomfortable swell from the aft. Many people can move a laser forward quickly.
For example, the dark-skinned Allan Julie from the Seychelles, who achieved his best result today with fourth place. Just like the overall 26th Russian Semerkhanov, who made it to fifth place today.
But Geritzer remained calm. After ranking 14th at the first barrel, he moved up one rank every lap and finished 10th. This kept his worst competitors, such as the favorite Slovenian Zbogar, who won bronze, under control.
Only against Robert Scheidt was once again no answer. The Brazilian advanced from ten to six and finally won his second gold medal in the laser with a 13 point lead. He won silver in Sydney.
The expected victory of the favorites was also at the Europes. The Norwegian Siren Sundby finished 12th in the final race to win by 18 points.
The Czech LenkSmidova took silver. A tenth place was enough for her because the competitors were last and penultimate. That was enough for Signe Livberg to bring bronze to Daenemarik with one point ahead of Australia.
PetrNiemann ended the unpleasant week for her in 13th place and slipped from 8 to 10 overall.