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Sailing World Cup - First Gold goes to China's Hongmei Shi

It was all about a place in the Qingdao Medal Races on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the top ten were confirmed in all seven fleets.

China's Hongmei Shi guaranteed herself the women's RS:X gold medal before the final day of racing as she opened up a 22-point gap back to second placed Xiaoqing Yu (CHN).

Yu does however have a silver within touching distance with a ten-point gap back to third placed Jiao Ma (CHN) and fourth placed Pei Ling Chen (CHN) who have 50 points.

In the Laser, Croatia's Tonci Stipanovic took a win and third place to move him 11 points clear at the top of the fleet heading in to the final days Medal Race.

Stipanovic's nearest rival is the 2015 Sailing World Cup Qingdao winner, Great Britain's Lorenzo Brando Chiavarini who scored a 2, 4 which moved him in to second place on 26 points, compared to Stipanovic's 15.

Of the chasers behind, most likely to catch Chiavarini is third placed Pavlos Kontides (CYP). With a fifth and seventh, Kontides finds himself six points from his British rival on 32.

China's Dongshuang Zhang now has one hand on the gold medal in the Laser Radial as she takes a 12-point advantage in to the Medal Race.

While Zhang sits on seven points at the top, second placed Monika Mikkola (FIN) could not push the leader on day four only scoring a third and discarded a seventh to finish the day on 19 points.

Hao Lan and Chao Wang (CHN) remain top of the Men's 470 fleet and take a six-point advantage over second placed compatriots Zangjun Xu and Wei Wang in to the Medal Race.

Scoring a 2,8 for the day, Lan and Wang have 25 points to Xu and Wang's 31 from a third and fourth place today.

China's Liangdao Weng and Youjian Wen drop from second to third on the leaderboard and will go in to the Medal Race equal on points with counterparts Xu and Wang.

In the Women's 470, China's Mengxi Wei and Yani Xu still hold top spot following a 2 and 7. The pair hold top spot with 13 points.

Second on the leaderboard are Shasha Chen and Haiyan Gao (CHN) who have a six-point gap back to the third placed team of Shengnan Ni and Lizhu Huang (CHN).

The other win from the day went to fourth placed team, Yuchen Zhang and Yahan Tu (CHN).

It's tight at the top of the Men's RS:X as three sailors are within three points of each other in the medal positions.

Currently leading is Chunzhuang Liu (CHN) who scored a 3,3,6 on day four giving him 33 points total going in to the final race.

Full results here

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