Picon, van Rijsselberghe win gold

Charline Picon of France won the gold medal in women’s windsurfing at the Rio Olympics. Peina Chen of China won the silver and Stefaniya Elfutina of Russia the bronze.

Charline Picon of France poses with her gold medal.   -  Reuters

Dorian van Rijsselberghe celebrates after winning the men's windsurfing gold.   -  Getty Images

Charline Picon of France has won the gold medal in women’s windsurfing at the Rio Olympics. Peina Chen of China won the silver and Stefaniya Elfutina of Russia the bronze.

Picon finished the medals race in second place to beat Chen by two points. As soon as she crossed the line, Picon let her sail go and knelt down on her board with her head in her hands. Lilian de Geus of Holland, who missed the bronze by one point, jumped the water, got on Picon’s board and gave her a hug.

In men’s windsurfing, Dorian van Rijsselberghe of the Netherlands already had clinched his second straight gold medal and Nick Dempsey of Britain had clinched his second straight silver. Pierre le Coq of France won the bronze medal. Rijsselberghe and Dempsey merely needed to finish the medals race to make it official. Van Rijsselberghe celebrated with the Dutch royal family on a nearby yacht shortly after the finish.

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