49er European Champions Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign and the women’s 49erFX duo of Frances Peters and Nicola Groves both went into the final three medal race day at the 49er/49erFX World Championships in Marseille with chances of a silverware, but mistakes cost them in the tough short-race double points finals format which concluded the week.
49er Gold and silver went to the New Zealand teams of Peter Burling-Blair Tuke and Marcus Hansen-Josh Porebski, with local heroes Manu Dyen-Stephane Christidis taking bronze. In the 49erFX Alex Maloney and Molly Meech hammered home their points advantage for gold while Brazil’s Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze clinched silver by less than a boat length from France’s Sarah Steyaert and Julie Bossard.
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Andy Rice reporting from Marseille:
Burling and Tuke have won silver at the past two 49er World Championships, plus Olympic silver, and now the gold. “Great to take the win,” said Burling, who also won the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup a month earlier in San Francisco. “Good to give the NZ yachting community a bit to cheer about after what happened with the Cup earlier in the week. For us, we were feeling for them, we know them well, but it was good to just get on with our own little thing and get it on.”
No nation is nailing the Olympic skiff like New Zealand right now. Blair Tuke was savouring the moment. “Pete and I haven’t won a world champs since our junior days and to do it here in the 49er, and to have our Kiwi training partners in 2nd place is a dream come true. And to have the girls win the first FX World Championships – a good day for Kiwi yachting.”
Australia's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen relinquished their world crown after winning four of the last five 49er World Championships. They had a shocking start in the first race today, but kept on chipping away and finished 5th overall. Bearing in mind they haven’t raced since winning gold at last year’s Olympics, the opposition know that the Australians remain one of the hot favourites for Rio 2016.
29 September 2013 22:15