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Anami and Onishi seal the deal on final day

On day 4 of racing here in Miyakojima Island, Japan it was Tomonori Anami (JPN) and Fujiko Onishi (JPN) who take home the gold, in the all-or-nothing medal series. The IQFOIL International Games Japan is the second stop of the World Series event after the Lanzarote event earlier this year.

Miyakojima Island, Japan

The medal series is a series of 3 races in which the entire top 10 gets a chance to take home the gold medal. However, your ranking does decide your starting position in the medal series. If you ranked 10th to 4th then you will start in the quarter-final, 3rd and 2nd start in the semi-final and if you are in first place you automatically start in the final making yourself secure of a medal. In every final, the first two foilers will proceed to the next final. The place you finish in during a race is your final place for the event, making it a high stake race where you could lose everything.

In the men's final series, it was Gakushi Takeda, Daiya Kuramochi and Tomonori Anami that raced for the medals. After an exciting race, it was Anami that sealed the deal after nearly leading all week.

Credit: @Sailing Energy

In the women's fleet, the finals were tighter than ever before. The last race between Megumi Komine, Yuki Sunaga and Fujiko Onishi went down with a tight battle between the three girls making them finish within cm of each other. It wasn’t until the race comity had rewatched the finish line footage that they knew who had won the event. After checking out all the camera angles it was finally decided that Fujiko Onishi was the winner of the 2023 IQFOIL International Games Miyakojima!

Credit: @Sailing Energy

The next stop of the IQFOIL International Games will be in Cadiz Spain from the 6th till the 11th of March 2023! See you all there.


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