Facundo Olezza from Buenos Aires achieved the best performance of Argentine sailing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the moment, by qualifying this Tuesday in fifth and fourth place of the first two Finn class regattas, held in the coastal city of Kamakura, at south of the Japanese capital.
With an accumulated of 9 points, the representative of the club Veleros Barlovento de San Fernando placed fourth in the general classification, behind the Turkish Alican Kaynar (2) -winner of both tests-, the Hungarian Zsombor Berecz (4) and the Spanish Joan Cardona Mendez (6).
Olezza, 25, confirmed with this start his expectation of a podium in the division, which will be active until next Tuesday when the “medal race” takes place in Enoshima, two days after the end of the regular phase (10 races).
The sailor was the first Argentine to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, finishing seventh in the World Cup of his class in Aarhus, Denmark, on August 28, 2018.
“You have to endure and try to make as few mistakes as possible. And from day one know that arriving well prepared and ready to compete in the ten qualifying races will already be a large part of the job,” he had anticipated in the previous one.
Facundo this year participated in the European championship, in which he was 15 and in the World Cup in Portugal he was 14.
In Olympic history, Argentine sailing won ten medals: one gold, four silver and five bronze medals, of which four were won by Carlos “Camau” Espínola from Corrientes.