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Mixed day at sailing, more gold looming

8 August 2012

SAILING: Australia’s 470 men’s team of Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have come home strong in the final two races of their preliminary series, assuring themselves of at least a silver medal in Thursday’s medal race.  The Aussies won both their races today and took the lead over the British team of Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell to four points. However, Thursday’s medal race will be a test of whits as the two teams fight it out for the gold medal.  

“We’re just going to worry about ourselves,” said Page.  “We’re hoping the good results from our team-mates will spur us on on Thursday.”

Australia’s women’s Elliot 6m match racers, Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty had a tougher day on the water.  They came into today’s quarter finals undefeated, and beat the team from the Netherlands in their first race, but the Dutch girls got the upper hand in the second race, taking the win.  The girls return to the water tomorrow in the best of five series.  

In the 470 women’s event fellow Aussies Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell didn’t have such a great day.  They finished in ninth and 14th today and are currently ninth overall.  They still have two races remaining tomorrow before their medal race on Friday.  

Tomorrow will also see the 49ers take to the water for their medal race.  The Aussies have an unassailable lead and need to compete in the medal race to win Gold.    

Megan McKay in Weymouth

Olympics.com.au

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