Major setback- Israeli sailing team members Vered Buskila
and Gil Cohen were disqualified from their second race in the women's 470 event, after the Danish team filed an appeal against them.
Buskila and Cohen finished the second race in 6th place, which brought their overall ranking to 3rd place. However, after the race they were informed that the Danish team's appeal was accepted, and the Israeli duo plummeted to the last spot in the race.
The disqualification has caused Buskila and Cohen's overall ranking to drop from 3rd to 13th place, which means that they will have to do especially well in the next races, so that they can discard the low score of the second race.
Buskila and Cohen in action (Photo: Gettyimages)
After learning of the upsetting decision, Buskila and Cohen met with Israel Sailing Association chairman Yehuda Maayan and reviewed the course of the race using the GPS tracker, in an effort to find a way to appeal the decision.
The duo, which is the last Israeli sailors to complete in the Olympic Games, opened strongly in the first race, positioning themselves in the third place. The second race started with a slower pace, as Buskila and Cohen trailed in the 15th place, but slowly managed to pass many of the other teams, finishing in 6th place.
On Thursday Gidi Kliger and Eran Sela, sailing in the men's 470 event, finished 19th and 11th in the first two races. They are currently ranked in 14th place. Great Britain is in the lead.