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60,000 spectators enjoyed an Olympic day out in Weymouth and Portland
on the Nothe where every class played to the crowd. Even more made the
most of vantage points around the course to catch a glimpse of history
Three Australian gold medals and a silver saw the Aussie's top the sailing Medal Table ahead of Spain who had two gold medals. Hosts Great Britain were shifted from top spot having finished at the helm three times in a row, nonetheless they medalled in five out of ten events for their silver lining.
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14 - August 11th
Light winds on Friday did little to thwart the excitement in the doublehanded 470 events, with the top two teams in both Men's and Women's events vying for gold, with neither able to earn less than silver. The match race tactics in these fleet race events dictated the final podium positions.
In the Men's event, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) lived up to their billing as pre-event favourites, passing their nemesis Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (GBR) on the first run, and then staying ahead to take the gold while the Brits settled for silver. "It was such a hair raising race and to come to a medal race like that to decide a gold medal was unbelievable," said Belcher.
Men's 470 Results
- Top 5 of 27
In the Women's event, the race for gold among New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie and Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) would be settled soon after the start. After a pre-start tussle that gave the Brits the advantage, the Kiwis found an exit lane on port tack while the Brits held a lane to the left side of the course. But when a significant right shift came through, the Kiwis took a lead they wouldn't relinquish. "The thing I am most gutted about was that it wasn't a really good scrap for the gold," said Clark. "We got a really good start. They got out and we got wedged in."
470 Results - Top 5 of 20
Winds soon decreased on Friday for the Women's Match Race Semi-Finals, which reduced the best of five series to a best of three. Olivia Price (AUS) and Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) advanced to the Finals after their respective matches against Silja Lehtinen (FIN) and Ekaterina Skudina (RUS). A protest by the Russian team concerning the expedited series would later be disallowed.
In an exciting finale on Saturday, Spain's Tamara Echegoyen overcame Olivia Price (AUS) 3-2 to take gold. Winds of up to 25 knots blew across the course, which led to the Aussie skipper getting flung into the water in the third race for a loss. With the scores level heading into the final race, it would be a penalty turn for Price that proved to be the deciding factor.
"We are very happy, it's a dream," Pumariega said. "We never imagined we would win the gold medal. We were not the favourites. When we crossed the line we didn't believe it." The Spanish team had finished no better than 12th in both the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.
In the Petit Final,
2012 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion Lehtinen beat Skudina 3-1
to take the bronze medal.
Great Britain: 1 Gold,
4 Silver, 0 Bronze; 5 Total
Also cancelled today was the Women's Match Race ranking matches to determine places 5th through 8th. With the abandonment of racing, the overall scores were determined from the earlier rounds. Americans Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi, who were eliminated from Women's Match Racing Quarter-Final round, finished fifth overall.
"It's very unusual, especially for match racers as we generally race in anything," said Tunnicliffe of the lack of wind. "The wind was very difficult, we got out to our course and it was 5-6 knots, then it quickly started dying and getting shifty."
The remaining North
Americans competing in the 2012 Games are Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan
(USA), who finished the 10-race series in the Women's 470 in 9th place
overall and will compete in the medal race on Friday
While both the gold and silver were confirmed prior to the 49er Medal Race, Austria's Nico Delle-Karth and Nikolaus Resch led from start to finish in hopes of gaining the bronze. However, on the second to last run, the Danes Allan Norregaard and Peter Lang took the left side of the course whilst everyone went right and it paid off as they climbed from seventh to third in the race to grab the final podium spot.
On their gold medal, Australian Nathan Outteridge said, "We've sailed brilliantly for four years and this week has been our best so far and its great it happened at the Olympics. It was a tough race to get around, it was great for us and awesome to enjoy with the Kiwis."
49er Results - Top 5 of 20
Wednesday, the Women's 470 completed their final two qualifying races,
with the top two teams - Jo Aleh/ Olivia Powrie (NZL) and Hannah Mills/
Saskia Clark (GBR) - tied on points and assured no worse than silver when
the Medal Race is held on Friday. The Women's Match Race finished their
Quarter Final round, with many of the favorites getting eliminated. Advancing
are teams from Australia, Finland, Russia and Spain, while the defeated
included two time World Champion Claire Leroy (FRA) and World #1 and ISAF
World Sailor of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe (USA).
2011 World Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) won the Men's RS:X Medal Race and the gold medal to wrap up his total domination of the men's windsurfing fleet at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Dutch sailor entered the Medal Race with an unassailable 22-point lead after winning six of the 10 opening races and only needed to start the double-points race to take gold.
"I'm feeling pretty good," said Van Rijsselberge, "It means a great four years with me and my coach. I'm super stoked. It was a dream to get the gold but never a must. It's amazing to get it. It was already in the pocket but seeing everyone on the Nothe course is good for me."
Athens 2004 bronze medallist and Weymouth resident Nick Dempsey (GBR) won the silver medal in front of his home crowd after finishing second in the Medal Race. After a lacklustre start to the series, Dempsey worked his way up into medal contention with two wins, but Van Rijsselberge (NED) placed the gold beyond his reach.
Men's RS:X Results - Top 5
Marina Alabau (ESP) made up for her disappointment at Beijing 2008, where she finished fourth, by winning a light wind medal race to claim gold. "Two days ago I really felt I could see the gold," said Alabau. "When I came back [from the lay day] I was super stressed but then I knew it would be easy after a really good week. I knew the Medal Race would be good for me as the others would fight."
Tuuli Petaja (FIN), who finished fourth to win silver, earning the first Finnish medal at London 2012. "Everyone has been really looking forward to us getting our first medal," Petaja said. "I would be happy if the other athletes who have competed already had got some medals. I am sure there are some more medals to come for Finland."
Since 2006 the Fin only has only finished on the podium on two occasions with a bronze at Kieler-Woche 2009 and another bronze at the 2012 RS:X Europeans. She added, "It's by far the best result I've done in any competition." The pre-regatta favourite, Lee Korzits (ISR), went into the Medal Race in second but finished in ninth place, leaving her sixth overall.
RS:X Results - Top 5 of 26
Tuesday, the Men's 470 completed their final two qualifying races, with
leader Mathew Belcher/ Malcolm Page (AUS) and second place Luke Patience/
Stuart Bithell (GBR) both guaranteed the top two medals, with the Medal
Race on Thursday to determine who gets Gold. The Women's 470 continued
their qualifying races, with the top three (NZL, GBR, and NED) close on
points, and now building a nearly insurmountable lead over the field.
The best of five Women's Match Race Quarterfinals finds the world top
ranked Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) losing both her races, and on the brink
of elimination against the 2012 World Champion Silja Lehtinen (FIN).
Tom Slingsby (AUS), the five-time Laser world champion, laid to rest the ghosts of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where he also started as the favourite, but had a disastrous regatta and did not even make the Medal Race, finishing 22nd.
Pavlos Kontides (CYP), finishing with the silver, became Cyprus's first ever Olympic medallist since they first competed as an NOC in their own right at Moscow 1980. Slingsby, 27, won gold by holding onto his lead going into the Medal Race, being 14 points ahead of the Cypriot at the start.
"Who would be feeling better in the world right now? No-one," said Slingsby. "I've worked for 12 years to get there. I put everything I had into it and I've done it. I couldn't be happier. I think going to watch the Stars and the Finns yesterday (Sunday) was a very smart idea in the end. I saw how easily it can slip through your fingers and today I was pretty brutal, but I had to be. I knew Pavlos couldn't lose second so I didn't want to give him an inch all day."
Laser Results - Top
5 of 49
China's Lijia Xu sailed her way to the Laser Radial gold medal by taking the bullet in a winner takes all Medal Race. Just one point had separated the top four Laser Radial sailors entering the medal race, with Xu and Marit Bouwmeester (NED) level on 33 points each and Annalise Murphy (IRE) and Evi Van Acker (BEL) tied on 34.
Murphy led around the first mark, but Xu overtook her before being given the penalty turns by on-the-water umpires for illegal propulsion. Remarkably though, the Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Xu then regained the lead before the end of the second leg and was never challenged from then on.
"I just give it my all," Xu said immediately after racing. "I really enjoyed today's race. I gave it my best for my country China. So long as I kept calm and did my best the end result would not be bad. Everybody was nervous; it just depends on who has the best mental side.
Bouwmeester, who had dominated the class throughout the last two years, was less than impressed with second place, "The gold is always the main goal," said Bouwmeester. "If you ask me tomorrow I will be fine; today I'm a bit disappointed."
Laser Radial Results
- Top 5 of 41
Monday, the 49er completed their final two qualifying races, with Nathan
Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) having won the gold prior to the Medal
Race on Wednesday, whilst Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) clinched
silver. The Men's 470 had two races as well, with Mathew Belcher/ Malcolm
Page (AUS) and Luke Patience/ Stuart Bithell (GBR) now only a point apart,
distancing themselves from the field, with two more races on Tuesday before
their Medal Race on Thursday. Women's 470 and Match Race, and Men's and
Women's RS:X had a layday.
In a dramatic Finn Medal Race Ben Ainslie (GBR) sealed the gold medal after finishing ahead of Jonas-Hogh Christensen (DEN) to become the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. The medal is Ainslie's fifth medal in a row and his fourth consecutive gold. He has eclipsed Paul Elvstrom (DEN whose four gold medals from 1948-1960 had put him ahead of Ainslie before London 2012.
In front of a home crowd Ainslie sailed his way to gold finishing in ninth place, one place ahead of Elvstrom's compatriot Hogh-Christensen who had to settle for silver. Both sailors ended on 46 points with Ainslie taking the gold on a higher finishing position in the Medal Race. It was a winner take all scenario Pieter Jan Postma (NED) came close to spoiling the party and taking gold, but he hit the back of Dan Slater (NZL) before the finish and did a penalty turn which saw him slip out of the medals entirely, meaning race winner Jonathan Lobert (FRA) took the bronze.
Finn - Top Five
In the Star, Sweden's Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen won the Star Medal Race to upset the favourites and take the gold medal in a thrilling finale. Having trailed overnight leaders Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) by 12 points ahead of the Medal Race the Swedes won by four seconds over Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner to overcome the Brits who finished eighth.
The Brits had to finish sixth or better to guarantee gold but in a tense final run Norway's Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen, America's Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih and Brazil's Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada finished less than two seconds ahead of the Brits squeezing them into eighth and down into silver medal position. The Brazilians subsequently fell into bronze medal position.
Star - Top Five
qualifying races in the Women's 470, 49er, and Men's and Women's RS:X
were also held on Sunday. The dominating performances of the day came
from 49er leaders Nathan Outteridge/ Iain Jensen (AUS), who posted two
bullets to increase their advantage to 22 points. Additionally, Dorian
Van Rijsselberge (NED) won the Men's RS:X event with two races to spare
after another exceptional performance today. The Dutchman won Race 9 before
pulling out of Race 10 having already sewn up the gold medal. He need
only now complete the Medal Race on Tuesday.
A minor collision today upset Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen's game allowing their British rivals back into contention in the 49er. The Australian world champions clipped another boat's tiller during Thursday's opening race and were forced to perform a penalty turn which sent them to the back of the 20-boat fleet. They eventually clawed their way back to finish 10th. The Australians remain in the lead with 24 pts after 8 races, Stephen Morrison/Ben Rhodes (GBR) are second with 35 pts, and Peter Burling/Blair Tuke (NZL) in third with 41 pts.
After a rough start earlier in the week, Ben Ainslie (GBR) pulled it out today to beat Dane Jonas Hogh-Christensen in two races, narrowing the gap between the two to just three points. Ainslie sits in second overall with 21 pts after 8 races, with Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) in third with 34 pts.
Australia's Women's Match Racing skipper Olivia Price took another two wins, as Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty guaranteed themselves top seeding for the quarterfinal with one race left in the round robin. The Australians made it 10 wins from 10 starts in the Women's Match Racing competition following victories against Spain and Denmark to be three wins clear of second place. Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) is second in the round robin followed by Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA).
After 8 races in the Star class, Iain Percy/Andrew Simpson (GBR) are leading with 13 pts, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada is in second with 22 pts, and Fredrik Loof/Max Salminen are in third with 22 pts.
Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) still dominates the Men's RS:X Windsurfing with 6 pts after six races. Toni Wilhelm (GER) is in second with 17 pts and Przemyslaw Miarczynski in third with 18.
A similar pattern is emerging in the Women's RS:X as Marina Alabau controls the lead with 7 pts over Zofia Noceti-Klepacka (POL) in second with 12 pts. Lee-El Korzits (ISR) is third with 15 pts. Klepacka dominated the day winning both of the races.
The clear leaders
in the first races for the 470 Men's were Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell
(GBR) ending the day in first with 3 pts. Matthias Schmidt/Florian Reichsteaedter
(AUT) is in second with 5pts, and Anton Dahlberg/Sebastian Ostling (SWE)
third with 10 pts.
Australia's Olivia Price remains the only undefeated Women's Match Racer having won all eight matches sailed. Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) and Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) are joint second, whilst Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) is in fourth.
After six races, Pavlos Kontides doubled up with two race wins, moving in front of Tom Slingsby (AUS) in the Laser. Having won two races on 31 July, Kontides was the model of consistency once again with a 2-4 on the Weymouth Bay West course to lead on 12 points, one ahead of the Australian. Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) won Race 6 after a third in Race 5. He is third overall on 19 points to put a considerable margin between him and Rasmus Myrgren (SWE) in fourth on 35 points.
Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) continued his great start in the Men's RS:X after another race win which was followed by a third, but in Race 4 Nick Dempsey (GBR) clawed his way back to win the race on the line ahead of Byron Kokkalanis, to take third overall after 4 races. Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) maintained his steady start to the regatta and holds onto second place with a seventh and a fourth place on the water.
With six races down, Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen (AUS), took a second and first today, extending their lead to 13 points over Peter Burling/Blair Tuke (NZL). Emmanuel Dyen/Stephane Christidis (FRA) won the first race to jump into third place with 30 points, where they remained after finishing 10th in the day's second race.
After 4 races, Marina Alabau (ESP) won both of her races in the Women's RS:X to make it three bullets in a row and subsequently opening up an eight point lead. Closest to her is Lee Korzits (ISR), who posted 7-2 today. Sitting in the final podium spot is Moana Delle (GER) with 16 points.
3 - July 31st
After six races and having opened up a ten point lead over Ben Ainslie (GBR) in the Finn class Hogh Christensen (DEN) has blitzed the fleet and discards his seventh place from the second day of sailing and, with three race wins and two seconds, a total score of 7 points sees him lead the way. Jonathan Lobert (FRA) sits in bronze medal position with 23 points.
Iain Percy/Andrew Simpson (GBR) and Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada (BRA) traded blows in the Star today with both crews winning a race and finishing second in the other. Fredrik Loof/Max Salminen (SWE) have pulled themselves into medal contention with a string of solid results to put them in third place on 17 points, seven behind the leaders.
Ireland's Annalise Murphy has won all four Laser Radial races to open up a 12 point lead over Belgium's Evi Van Acker after the second day of Radial racing. Marit Bouwmeester (NED) is third on 18 points and Van Acker, second on 16.
Despite a capsize in the fourth race Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) hold the 49er lead with 15 points. After four races, Peter Burling/Blair Tuke (NZL) are in second with 24 points, followed by Allan Norregaard/Peter Lang (DEN) with 26 points.
Van Rijsselberge (NED) took center stage in the Men's RS:X, taking two
race wins in the first day of windsurfing. Whilst the Dutchman was consistent
with his bullets, so were Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) and Toni Wilhelm
(GER) who finished second twice and third twice. Marina Alabau (ESP) leads
the Women's RS:X by 1 point over Lee El Korzits (ISR). Zofia Noceti-Klepacka
(POL) sits 3 points behind in third.
In the Finn class, Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN) remains at the top of the fleet after four races despite hitting the pin-end start boat and having to execute penalty turns. The 31-year-old finished the day with a second and a seventh. Jonathan Lobert (FRA) was the most consistent Finn sailor of the day taking a second and a fourth taking him up into second place overall. Ben Ainslie (GBR) finished with a sixth and a 12th, leaving him in third overall on 22 points
In the Star class, Great Britain's Iain Percy/Andrew Simpson (GBR), clawed themselves into the overall lead after pushing Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada(BRA) into fourth. Norway's Eivind Melleby/Petter Morland Pedersen sit in second, and Frederick Loof/Max Salminen (SWE) are in third.
Ireland's Annalise Murphy (IRL) came out the traps fast in the Laser Radial after she logged impressive double bullets. She goes into day two with a three-point lead over the Belgian sailor Evi Van Acker in second.
Allen Norregaard/Peter Lang (DEN) lead the 49er, with Jonas von Geijer/Niclas During (SWE) in second. Pre-race favourites Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen (AUS), Peter Burling/Blair Tuke (NZL) and Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP) were all over the line at the start of Race 1. However in Race 2, Outteridge/Jensen (AUS) took the bullet to sit third overall.
In the Laser, five-time world champion Tom Slingsby (AUS) scored a victory and a second place placing him firmly at the top of the leader board on Monday. Juan Ignacio Maegli (GUA) lies in second place and Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) logged consistent results in both of the day's races, placing him in third.
The U.S. Olympic Sailing Team's overall results after four races: Zach Railey in 13th (Finn) and Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih in 6th (Star); and after two races Erik Storck/Trevor Moore 7th (49er); Paige Railey 5th (Laser Radial) and Rob Crane 39th (Laser). Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi upped their match racing record to two wins, two losses.
The 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta began in Weymouth and Portland, U.K. with racing in the Finn and Star classes, and in Women’s Match Racing. It was a photo finish in Race 2 of the Star class as Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) overcame Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) by the narrowest of margins. Both teams finished in a time of 73:39 but the race win was awarded to the Brazilians as they took the overall lead having finished fourth in Race 1.
In the Women's Match Racing there is a three way tie after all the teams completed two races each. Tamara Echegoyen (ESP), Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) and Olivia Price (AUS) all have a 100% record having won both of their races on the opening day. The Spaniard arguably caused the biggest stir of the day defeating World #1 Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) and World #2 Lucy Macgregor.
Denmark's Jonas Hogh Christensen owned the day in the Finn class. With two race wins the Dane dominated the proceedings from the start of Race 1 in front of the Nothe spectator area and led from start to finish. He was equally as dominant in the second race on Weymouth Bay West, again leading from the start. Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) were the personification of consistency as the Brit finished second twice whilst the Croatian ended up in third place in both races. Brendan Casey (AUS) split the join between hull and deck on his Finn, and almost sank. After two races the highly fancied Zach Railey (USA) finished in 15th.
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