17-year-old Naomi Cohen won gold on Saturday at the 2012 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships in Taiwan.
The young Israeli athlete was in second position going into the medal race, with a total of 43 negative points. But Cohen sailed through Saturday’s race and finished first, accruing no additional points and taking gold for Israel.
After disappointment for Israeli windsurfers Lee Korzits and Shahar Zubari at the 2012 London Olympics, Cohen gives hope to a new generation of Israeli athletes eager for success on the world stage.
Several other Israeli participated in Saturday’s competition, with Shahar Tibi finishing fifth, Ofri Givati 10th, Noga Geller 12th and Adi Cohen in 18th place, according to Ynet.