Sunday stands to be a big day for Dorian Van Rijsselberghe of the Netherlands in the men’s RS:X competition, as he’s well-positioned to take home a gold medal. After Friday’s races no racer can post a score lower than his (29 points), and Great Britain’s Nick Dempsey (52 points) is in a similar position when it comes to the silver medal. That leaves the bronze, with Pierre Le Coq (89 points) of France and Greece’s Vyron Kokkalanis (91 points) looking to chase down Poland’s Piotr Myszka (86 points).
The women’s RS:X race is much closer heading into Sunday, with Italy’s Flavia Tartaglini in first with 67 points. Stefaniya Elfutina of Russia (71 points) and Chen Peina of China (75) are both within striking distance of the leader. There will also be races in the mixed Nacra 17, but no medals will be awarded.
As for shooting, the men’s 50 meter rifle (three positions) competition is on the schedule with Americans Daniel Lowe and Matthew Emmons in the field. While Emmons won gold in prone shooting in 2004 and silver in 2008, he took bronze in the three positions event in 2012 but had the chance to win more medals in 2004 and 2008. Italy’s Niccolo Campriani, who won gold in this event four years ago, took gold in the 10 meter rifle competition in Rio.
WATCH LIVE: Men’s and women’s RS:X medal races, mixed Nacra 17 — Noon Eastern
WATCH LIVE: Men’s 50 meter rifle, three positions medal rounds — Noon Eastern
Gabriele Rossetti of Italy has claimed Olympic gold at the tender age of 21.
Rossetti beat Sweden’s Marcus Svensson 16-15 in the gold medal match of men’s skeet shooting.
Bronze went to International Olympic Athletes shooter Abdullah Alrashidi after he topped Ukraine’s Mikola Milchev 16-14.
Earlier in the day, Christian Reitz of Germany claimed gold in 25m rapid fire pistol. France’s Jean Quiquampoix won silver and Li Yuehong of China the bronze.
Thanks to weather issues throughout the week it will be another busy day on Guanabara Bay, with races being run in the men’s Laser, men’s Finn and women’s 49erFX just name three events. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand grabbed the early lead in the men’s 49er competition, and they’ll look to build on that Saturday. And in the women’s 49erFX it was Canada’s Erin Rafuse and Dannie Boyd who got off to a good start to take first place through two races.
Medals in two men’s shooting events will be awarded Saturday, with the 25 meter rapid fire pistol and skeet shooting on the slate. Reigning rapid fire pistol gold medalist Leuris Pupo of Cuba is looking to win for the second straight Olympics, and in the skeet shooting competition American Vincent Hancock has won gold in each of the last two Olympics. Can he make it three in a row?
Lastly there’s the men’s individual trampoline competition, with American Logan Dooley part of the 16-man field. Dong Dong of China is aiming for a second consecutive Olympic gold medal, something accomplished by Canada’s Rosie MacLennan in the women’s competition Friday, but countryman Gao Lei arrived in Rio as the favorite to win gold.
WATCH LIVE: Sailing, Day Eight — Noon Eastern
WATCH LIVE: Men’s 25 meter rapid fire, men’s skeet final — 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Eastern
WATCH LIVE: Trampoline, men’s individual qualifications and final — 1 p.m. Eastern