Tuuli Petäjä brought Finland its first Olympic medal at the London Olympics by taking silver in the women’s RS-X windsurfing competition. In the final Olympics race Petäjä was fourth which was enough to keep the other contenders behind her in terms of the total points, with the exception of Marina Alabau Neira from Spain who was the clear winner.
The competition was extremely tough with Petäjä securing her silver medal at the very end of the course by overtaking the UK’s Bryony Shaw. Olha Maslivets, Ukraine, set the pace for the early part of the final race but lost the lead and finished off the podium in fourth place.
Petäjä’s medal is momentous because it is also Finland’s 300th Summer Olympics medal. Finland has won altogether 456 medals from both the Summer and Winter Olympics put together. The country has an outstanding Olympic track record. In the all-time Summer Olympics country statistics Finland is 15th and in relation to its population it is the most successful country, followed by Sweden and Hungary.