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Friday, 9th August 2019
470 World Championship Gold Medals to Australia in Men and Great Britain in Women
In a race battle to the end, stepping away victorious from the medal race with 2019 470 World Championship Gold medals are Mathew Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) and Hannah Mills/Eilidh McIntyre (GBR).
Eleven races over the five preceding days of intensely physical and mentally demanding racing today culminated in today’s double-points medal race. The air was thick with expectation as teams prepared their boats under the eyes of hordes of Japanese media gathered around the medal race quarantine zone at Enoshima Yacht Harbour, the venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition.
In the 470 Men, the gold and silver medal contenders were clear cut, as series leaders Jordi Xammar/Nicolas Rodriguez (ESP) and second-placed Mathew Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) were guaranteed medals, with only the colour to be decided. Behind, the three teams in the mix to make their assault on bronze were Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis (GRE), Sweden’s Anton Dahlberg/Fredrik Bergstrom and 2018 World Champions Kevin Peponnet/Jeremie Mion (FRA).
Virtually the same scenario in the 470 Women, with Hannah Mills/Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) one point ahead of Japan’s defending World Champions Ai Kondo Yoshida/Miho Yoshioka, but the medal permutations were not as clear cut as the men. Whilst the stage seemed set for a gold/silver medal battle between the British and Japanese, there was an outside chance of France’s Camille Lecointre/Aloïse Retornaz stepping up to gold if the leading two teams finished at the back of the pack. Behind the French, Italy’s Elena Berta/Bianca Caruso and Spain’s Silvia Mas/Patricia Cantero also had a points window to seize bronze.
With the medals decided, the prize giving and closing ceremony took place outside the Yacht House, with the proximity of the 1964 Olympic torch serving as a close reminder of what awaits next year. After presentations, the medallists let loose with euphoria, popping the corks on magnums of champagne and fire-hosing it across themselves and the watching crowd in true winners’ style.
With less than a year to go until Tokyo 2020, the success of the 2019 470 Worlds was a small preview of the outstanding environment provided for 470 Class racing on Enoshima Bay and the profile that 470 racing will bring to the 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition.
The 470 Men got off first for their short, sharp twenty-five minute windward/ leeward race, but the gold medal hunt was over before it had begun.