The women's 470 team say that being disappointed with silver shows how far they've come as a team

Most London 2012 hopefuls would be happy with a silver medal at their test event – but Saskia Clark couldn’t help but think what might have been at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta.

Clark headed into the women’s 470 medal race alongside Hannah Mills occupying first place, holding a one point lead over the Japanese duo after leading the regatta from day one.

But the pair couldn’t finish the job off as they ended the medal race in fourth, two places behind their Far East rivals, meaning they were forced to settle for second place and missed out on the top step of the podium by just three points.

After coming so close but yet so far on the Olympic waters in Weymouth, Clark insists it shows how far the pair have come, if silver no longer excites them.

“I think that it is a good sign that we are disappointed with a silver because that shows how far we have come as we are still a new team,” she said. “We did want to win it and win our first regatta together but that hasn’t happened but there is always next year.”

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