3 August 2012, 07:15 pm
Top Three Stars Guaranteed Medals
Three countries are already guaranteed a medal in the Star Class with defending champions Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) lead the way after another solid day including their third bullet of the series in Race 10.
With an eight point lead over 2012 World Champions Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) and Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen (SWE) a further four points back all that is left to decide is the colour of their medals.
“It’s going to be an incredible spectacle. Three places – which is all our lead is – is pretty small in a Medal Race,” said Percy. “It’s incredibly frustrating that myself and Andrew have probably sailed the best we ever have and we can’t get any distance on them. It’s so unusual in the Star class to have three boats dominating.
“I’d rather be 20 points ahead. I don’t think we could have done much more to have a bigger lead. We are being matched every step of the way by the other two.”
Scheidt and Prada picked up a bullet and a third in today’s racing to close the gap on their rivals and split the tie with Loof and Salminen. The Swedish team finished second and sixth to take 30 points into the Medal Race.
The Star Medal Race takes place on the Nothe Course at 13:00 local time on Sunday 5 August.
1. Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) – 18pts
2. Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) – 26pts
3. Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen (SWE) – 30pts
4. Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen (NOR) – 53pts
5. Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) – 54pts
Follow all the action on the ISAF Olympic Live Blog which will bring competition updates and instant reactions to the action on the race course. Fans can check in and ask our media team questions to get the very latest information. The blog will start one hour before racing each and every day of the competition.