>> She's the first victim of Rio's heavily polluted waters. Olympic sailor Evi van Acker falling ill after Wednesday's races at the infamous Guanabara Bay. The one-time Belgian bronze medalist finishing 15th and 16th at the Women's Laser Radial in this year's games. Her coach blaming her poor performance on a severe intestinal infection caught while training on these same waters back in July.
Reuter's Dan Flynn has been following the races and says this could cost her a medal.>> So, Evi Van Acker finished in third place in London. She took the bronze medal for the radial laser at the London Olympics, so she was a hot favorite for a medal place here.
In order to qualify for the medal round, she needs to finish in 10th position or above after 10 races. With 6 races completed, she's lying in 10th, and her recent positions have been getting worse and worse, so the fear of her coach is that, because of this illness, she may miss out on the middle rounds.
>> Guanabara Bay has been a concern since before the Games began, with several independent studies reporting high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage. But, Olympic officials have repeatedly denied that, vouching for Rio's safe and clean waters.>> There has been a past instance of one of the competitors here, a German sailor, getting a bacteria which was eating the flesh in his leg.
Now, team doctors were reluctant to say definitively that it was the water that caused this problem. It could've been a mosquito bite or some other kind of illness acquired in Rio, but many people think the water was to blame.>> The sailor, Eric Heil, has returned to Rio and is set to race on Friday's 49er competition.