Nicholas Heiner Friday in the Finn class at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS sailing a ticket packed for the Olympic Games of 2020 in Tokyo. The North Hollander is defeated in Athens in a direct fight Pieter-Jan Postma.
Heiner is if number five is assured of participation in the medalrace, with the top ten of the standings, on Saturday. Postma on the other hand will have to settle with the eighteenth place in the final standings.
This is the internal battle for an olympic ticket for Tokyo to decide. Heiner has also been on the national and international requirements for the Games in Japan met.
Postma could be a lesser position in the standings on Friday in Greece does not improve anymore. By a very variable wind could on the penultimate day of the european CHAMPIONSHIPS not to be hazards.
This was Postma off for Tokyo. The Frieze, triple olympian, was already with a big gap on Heiner started the second and last selectiemoment for the Play.
The thirty years ‘ Heiner in Tokyo his olympic debut. He had for the Games of Rio de Janeiro in 2016 in the Dutch selectiestrijd in the laser class to give priority to Rutger van Schaardenburg.
“It was quite exciting here in Athens’
Heiner, currently the number one in the world in the Finn class, responded to happy and relieved at the successful outcome. “In 2016, should it not be so, but in 2020. It was quite exciting here in Athens.”
“With ninety boats six days sailing, anything can happen. So far sail, I have a pretty good week. Still not at the top level, but in the medalrace we are going to try to rise in the rankings.”
Heiner can in the open standings, just one place to climb, but in the European position now, he third.
Postma, who has no olympic medals at their home race possession, took his loss courageously. “I have three beautiful Play and I would like to also Tokyo 2020, but the reality is that I have not met.
“I lost to the number one in the world. That is not a disgrace. There is a very good guy to Tokyo. I am sincerely happy for him.”