Brazilian seafarer Jorge Zarif arrived on Wednesday at 10th place, Among the 49 participants competing in the Finnish European Championship, in Vilamoura (Portugal). Paulista, who had already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, surprisingly recovered from the 46th place he took in the last second (12), in the first race. Yesterday (13), it has already reached 15th place in the overall ranking.
“A little dissatisfied with the speed in the regattas, but so far I have scored a 6, and I’m happy to see that I’m not far from the medalists in terms of preparation, but there is still room for more. It’s a tournament with lots of boats and lots of gear,” said the sailor Notice For advice.
2013 world champion, Zarif prepares for the third Olympiad of his career. In 2012, in London (United Kingdom), Zarif was 20th. Four years later, at Rio 2016, he was close to the podium, fourth. The Olympic venue for 2021 was secured in May last year, at the European Championships, in Athens (Greece).
The European Championship marks the sailor’s return to international boat racing after nearly two years. Al-Bahar, world champion in 2013, was caught in an anti-doping test in August 2019, during a test event in Enoshima Bay (Japan), for tamoxifen. It served time until August 14 last year. The athlete returned to the national competitions in September 2020.