The duo qualified in the Nacra 17 yachting class and takes over after the farewell of the 61-year-old sailor who is a respected legend in the world.
The story has peculiar twists. Like what happened this Wednesday in The Hague, in the Mundial de yachting. the same day that Santiago Lange he said goodbye to the Olympic cycles after having gone to seven Games and having hung himself two bronze medals and one goldthe national delegation added two new members on their way to Paris 2024: the sailors Mateo Majdalani and Eugenia Bosco, in the Nacra 17 class. The new generation.
“A very stressful selection process is coming to an end, with another Argentine team that pushed us to raise the level a lot. That is why we are very happy to be able to prepare for the Olympic Games a year in advance, knowing that we have qualified,” Majdalani told Télam.
The two sailors join the Argentine men’s rugby sevens team as qualifiers for Paris 2024, the Cordovan swimmer Macarena Ceballos and a cyclist to be appointed to occupy the place obtained by Nicolás Tivani in the Pan American in April, in Panama.
Mateo Majdalani and Eugenia Bosco were silver medalists in Lima 2019. Photo Instagram @majdalanibosco.sailing
The Argentine duo was sixth, ninth and eighth in the last regattas and finished seventh with 73 points, so this Thursday they will compete in the Medal Race reserved for the ten best. The leaders are the Italians Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti, Olympic champions in Tokyo 2020, with 29 units.
“It was a good day and we arrived with chances to move up, wanting to have a good Medal Race tomorrow. I am very relieved. It was a lot of work and it’s an amazing step for us.”, highlighted Majdalani.
Why did they qualify for Paris 2024? Because the World Cup awarded nine places in the Nacra 17 class and three Italian boats arrived at the Medal Race. Since only one per country can go to the Olympic Games, no one will take Majdalani-Bosco out.
Santiago Lange, world yachting legend. Photo Red Bull Content Pool
This young couple competed for the Olympic spot in a national selection against Lange and Victoria Travascio, whom they widely surpassed in the chosen tournaments: the Princess Sofia Trophy (they were eighth), the French Olympic Week in Hyeres (silver medal), the Olympic Marseille Test Event (sixth) and this World Cup, where Lange and his partner placed 17th with 158 units.
Lange, a yachting legend, said goodbye to Olympism at the age of 61 after participating in Seoul 1988 (Soling class), Atlanta 1996 (Laser), Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 (Tornado) and Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Tokyo 2020 (Nacra 17).
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