Canadian sailor Douglas finishes sixth in laser radial race at Tokyo Games

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ENOSHIMA, Japan — Toronto sailor Sarah Douglas placed sixth in the women's laser radial class on Sunday, an all-time best finish for a Canadian in the event at the Olympics.

Douglas entered the medal race ranked fourth, but dropped two places after finishing ninth in the final contest.

Denmark's Anne-Marie Rindom held on fir gold in the event despite a seventh-place finish in the medal race.

Sweden's Josefin Olsson won the medal race and took silver, overtaking Marit Bouwmeester. The Dutch sailor entered the race in second place, but settled for bronze after finishing sixth on Sunday.

Douglas was the first Canadian to take part in the medal race of the boat class since it was introduced at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Brenda Bowskill, also from Toronto, had the best-ever Olympic performance by a Canadian in laser radial until Douglas.

Bowskill finished 16th in the event at the 2016 Rio Games.

Douglas entered Sunday's medal race with 82 points, three behind Olsson who started Sunday in third place.

It was 28 degrees Celsius with 78 per cent humidity at the starting horn, with southerly sea breeze of up to 10 knots.

Italy's Silvia Zennaro was disqualified in the first leg after crossing the start line early.

Douglas was in fifth after the first leg of the medal race, but she faded in the second leg, dropping to eighth and then fell to ninth in the final legs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 1, 2021.

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