Estonians in Rio, Day 4: Fencer finishes 8th, one sailor drops in rank, two ranked 9th, 11th
Estonian fencer Nikolai Novosjolov finished his event in 8th place, while Laser-class sailor Karl-Martin Rammo dropped three places in the ongoing competition to rank 25th, RS:X-class windsurfer Ingrid Puusta climbed to 11th and Finn-class sailor Deniss Karpak wrapped up his first day of competition ranking 9th overall.
Men's individual épée
Finally bested 15-9 in the quarterfinals by seasoned Olympic medalist Hungarian Géza Imre after two difficult wins in prior rounds, two-time World Champion Estonian fencer Nikolai Novosjolov placed 8th overall in the men's individual épée.
"He was a very experienced and strong opponent," Novosjolov said of the 41-year-old Hungarian, whose only previous individual Olympic medal had been a bronze earned in the 1996 Atlanta Games. "Of course, as [my] two previous matches were very hard-won, then a ray of hope began to emerge. That said, however, I cannot say that I came here to win; rather it can be said that I came here to fight."
Women's RS:X-class windsurfing
On Tuesday, windsurfer Ingrid Puusta came in 10th place in her fourth race, 8th place in her fifth and 11th place in her sixth, bringing her to number 11 in the overall current rankings for her event.
"Today went well," Puusta said in an interview with ERR. "It could have gone even better, but a couple of wrong moves... At one point I was even in the lead! Unfortuately that didn't last. I didn't cover the other competitors enough. I should have gone along with them, then things would have gone even better. But I myself am very pleased. I went up three places [in the rankings]."
Men's Laser-class sailing
Sailor Karl-Martin Rammo dropped to 25th in the overall rankings after finishing his sixth race in 44th on Tuesday. Initially he came in 45th, however Rammo contested a maneuver at the start of the sixth race by Polish competitor Kacper Ziemiński, and judges decided to nullify the Polish athlete's race. According to Rammo, however, his own race still suffered as a result.
"During the first race [of the day], I came in 17th," explained Rammo to ERR. "Compared to yesterday, the overall picture was much better for me. The first race was totally tip-top, and at the beginning of the second race [Ziemiński] blocked me and violated the rules against me, which dropped me to dead last in the line of competitors. It is not particularly easy to struggle back from there at the Games. I unfortunately finished that race in second to last place."
Men's Finn-class sailing
Finn-class sailor Deniss Karpak started the Olympics off on the right foot after coming in 5th place in the first race in his competition. He placed 14th in the day's second race, however, bringing his overall current ranking to 9th, with a score of 19 points.
Men's rowing final postponed due to weather, Karpak and Rammo expected to sail
Due to inclement weather on Wednesday, the much-anticipated men's quadruple scull A-final, which was scheduled to take place at 4:22 p.m., was postponed until Thursday, when it is scheduled to take place at 4:12 p.m., weather providing.
The Estonian quadruple scull team, which consists of Andrei Jämsä, Allar Raja, Tõnu Endrekson and Kaspar Taimsoo, is currently ranked fourth, after Germany, Poland and Australia and before Ukraine and the UK, after winning its heat and advancing directly to the A-final.
Despite the weather, however, Finn-class sailor Deniss Karpak and Laser-class sailor Karl-Martin Rammo are still expected to compete in their next two races, respectively, the first of which are scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10*
*Note: All times listed in Eastern European Summer Time (EEST) +0300 UTC.
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