Reporte 470 masculino
7 AUGUST 2012, 05:32 PM
Australians And Brits Guarantee Men’s 470 Medals
Australia’s Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page and Great Britain’s Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell are guaranteed to walk away with either a gold or silver medal in the Men’s 470.
Both teams have an unassailable lead at the top of the leader board but the Australian’s have the advantage going into the Medal Race as they hold a four point lead over the Brits after double bullets on the final day of Men’s 470 fleet racing. Belcher and Page have won five of ten races after a shaky start on the opening day.
Page said, “Since we got the first day jitters out the way I’ve been happy with our style of racing and fighting spirit. It’s great to work our way back into it because we were disappointed with how we sailed and it wasn’t out normal performance.
“Those results could have hurt us but we stayed strong, believed in ourselves and trusted each other and obviously our unit and continue to deliver. It’s great to be back in front again.”
Patience and Bithell have pushed the Australians all the way and need to finish two places ahead of them in the Medal Race on 9 August to take gold. “We didn’t come here for second place,” Patience said. “We’re stoked, don’t get us wrong. We’re really happy boys but there is work to be done. There is yet another race and yet another opportunity to upgrade the medals.”
Whilst the top two have their eyes set on the gold a fight for bronze will ensue in the Medal Race. Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente (ARG) currently hold third on 57 points whilst Gabrio Zandona and Pietro Zucchetti (ITA) trail them by three points and Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders (NZL) are 15 points behind them. Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos (FRA) are 17 points behind but are a long shot to take bronze.
The Men’s 470 Medal Race takes place on 9 August at 13:00 local time on the Nothe Course.
1. Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) – 18pts
2. Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (GBR) – 22pts
3. Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente (ARG) – 57pts
4. Gabrio Zandona and Pietro Zucchetti (ITA) – 60pts
5. Paul Snow Hansen and Jason Saunders (NZL) – 72pts
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Reporte 470 femenino
7 AUGUST 2012, 02:10 PM
Aleh And Powrie Double Up
Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) secured two bullets today in the Women’s 470 to hold the overall lead on 21 points.
The wind may have been lighter than we have been used to seeing at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing competition so far, at just 10 knots, but that didn’t stop the Kiwi team from keeping the pressure on and leading the fleet in both races. They almost made it look easy in the second race by sailing the last four marks 350m ahead of the rest of the fleet.
The double victory sees them go four points clear of current 470 World Champions, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR), a lead which they will no doubt be looking to extend as they prepare for races 9 and 10 tomorrow. It’s still all to play for though as Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) are just three points behind Mills and Clark and seven points behind the Kiwis.
Unlike some of the other classes being sailed, the Women’s 470 is likely to see all medal places fiercely fought during the Medal Race on Friday 10 August. Right now, the girls will be looking to come out fighting tomorrow and ensure that they get some good results in races 9 and 10 to take them into the Medal Race with the best advantage ahead of their competitors.
1. Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) – 21pts
2. Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) – 25pts
3. Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) – 28pts
4. Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron (FRA) – 47pts
5. Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Barbachan (BRA) – 53pts