Windsurfing makes spirited exit from Olympics

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Associated Press

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 7 at 11:00 AM

WEYMOUTH, England (AP) — The Olympic party boats have come ashore for the final time.

Windsurfing made a spirited games exit on Tuesday, with Dorian Van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands collecting the men's gold medal he'd clinched days earlier and Marina Alabau of Spain winning the women's regatta.

Windsurfing got the heave-ho from the lineup for the 2016 Rio Olympics in a vote in May, replaced by kiteboarding. The International RS:X Class Association filed a legal challenge last week against the International Sailing Federation.

Alabau got a regal sendoff from her teammates after coming ashore. As she stood on her board, they hoisted it on their shoulders and paraded her through the boat park. She held a bottle of Spanish sparkling wine in her left hand and waved the Spanish flag with her right.

Meanwhile, the Australian 470 men added to their lead heading into Thursday's medals race.

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