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Spain's Alabau wins women's windsurfing gold

Tuesday - 8/7/2012, 9:40am  ET

By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer

WEYMOUTH, England (AP) - Marina Alabau of Spain won the Olympic gold medal in women's windsurfing Tuesday in the discipline's final race in the games.

Alabau came into the medals race with a 14-point lead and preserved it by finishing first.

Windsurfing got the heave-ho from the lineup for the 2016 Rio Olympics in a vote in May, replaced by kiteboarding. The International RS:X Class Association filed a legal challenge last week against the International Sailing Federation.

Tuuli Petaja of Finland jumped from third place overall to take the silver medal thanks to a fourth-place finish in the medals race. Poland's Zofia Noceti-Klepacka jumped from fifth overall to take the bronze by finishing third.


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