A visibly disappointed JP Tobin has criticised the lack of standardisation of the windsurfing equipment at these Olympic Games but is not heaping all the blame on it after his seventh-placed finish here in Weymouth.
Like many of the windsurfers here this week, Tobin was unhappy with the equipment he was allocated, and said the standard varied far too much for such an important competition.
While admitting "no two boards will ever be the same", he said the fact he broke six fins this week, and that several top sailors who should have been suited to the conditions were missing from the top-10, was evidence enough that there were issues with standardisation.
"Coming in, I was training well and my form was great, my form still is great, but once we had the allocation of equipment, things didn't go well," Tobin said.
"Standardisation is not quite up to speed. There were some really interesting guys who were missing from the top-10. There are lot of unhappy guys here.
"I just kept breaking fins left, right and centre. It's just the way it is, there are sometimes problems."
Tobin said there was "no doubt" the lack of standardisation was a big factor in the regatta but, in his case, "other things came into play, too".
"It's impossible to create two things the same, but if you look at the top three this week, they've been there the whole time. It's more the guys who were missing from the top-10 that was the surprise."
The 35-year-old former world No 1 and 2012 world championship bronze medallist had hopes of defending the Olympic title won by compatriot Tom Ashley in Beijing four years ago in his long-awaited Games debut.
"I had one day where it looked like I might pick things up, but I just didn't quite fire," he said.
Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberge, Tobin's good mate and training partner, easily won gold.
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