Despite finishing fifth, Ben Rhodes says he and partner Stevie Morrison have learnt more than when they won in Beijing

Ben Rhodes insists he is
now better prepared for next year’s Olympics than ever before, despite leaving
the London 2012 test even empty-handed.

At Weymouth and Portland Rhodes and partner Stevie Morrison could only manage fifth in the
finale with their rivals for bronze storming to victory to climb the last step
on the podium.

The pair won the Beijing 2008 equivalent in Qingdao before finishing ninth at
the Games but Rhodes believes they are perfectly placed for London 2012.

“We won this event four years ago but I don’t think we will have taken anything
near as much as we will do from this event,” he said.

“The difference between where we came and the guys who have won is very small
and is probably just half a place a race and we know we can get there.

Rhodes and Morrison won’t have to wait long for another crack at the international
49er podium with December’s World Championships in Perth fast approaching.

“The World Championships will be another important part of the Olympic
selection process with all the other British crews going there, so it will be
important to get a result and that is what we will go there looking to do.”

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