British 49er sailors face a big scrap for Bronze on a tricky day

Just one medal race today, the 49ers and with The Australians having secured Gold and the Kiwis silver you might think that today’s racing will lack the tension and excitement that we’ve seen over the previous days. But the battle for Bronze has the potential to be a tight fight.

On points at least the Danes and the Fins are next in line for the only remaining medal. Then come the Brits, the French and the Austrians.

For the Stevie Morisson and Ben Rhodes to win Bronze for Britain they need to be four places ahead of the Danes and the Finns. This could be a big ask but the weather looks likely to throw in a few curved balls with an 8-10 knots breeze starting at 260 and backing to 220 degrees through the middle of the day. The problem here is that the breeze will be offshore and shifty with it.

Elsewhere in Weymouth there are two key matches going on for British fans. The 470 women Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have their last two races before the medal race today. They are just two points behind the Kiwis Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie and have a good shot at Gold so long as they continue to deliver the solid performance that they have displayed all week. Their worst result has been two 6ths so far.

For the British match racing girls led by Lucy Macgregor, they need to beat the Russian team led by Ekaterina Skudina in two of the three quarter final races today to stay in the game. They finished racing yesterday on 1:1. There is all to play for today.

Racing starts at 1200 with the 470 women followed by 49er medal race at 1300 and then the 470 women at 1330. Match racing starts at around 1400.


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