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Rio Olympics - Dempsey carries the torch for GBR

Day 2 of the sailing at the Rio Olympics and the big news story was Giles Scott opening his first Olympic Finn campaign. All did not go to plan . . . but that was the least of Team GBR's problems.

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If you are going to beat Giles Scott in a Finn, then these were the conditions to do it in.

Light winds of 5 to 6 knots are always a problem for British squad sailors and even the mighty Scott is not immune.

Not that he was alone in finding the conditions difficult.

Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen finished 13th in the first race, with Scott in 17th, Pieter-Jan Postma NED was 14th and Josh Junior NZL 18th.

Overall Vasilij Zbogar SLO leads with a 3-1, in 2nd is Alican Kaynar TUR with 2-5 and 3rd Facundo Olezza ARG with a 1-9.

Giles Scott sits in 10th with 17-3 and 16 points off the leader.

Britain's Nick Dempsey had another great day on the RS:X, with a 1 - 4 and then a 14 in the chaotic sixth race.

EDITOR: Dempsey awarded redress for RS:X race 6. He will be given average points from his first 9 races.

“The redress is great and it keeps me in the mix and strengthens my position going into the second half of my regatta. You don’t want to lose your discard too early so it’s a good day.”

Dempsey still leads overall, although Dorian Van Rysselberghe NED was in top form with a 4-1-1 to take second place just one point back.

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Not such good news from the women's RS:X where Bryony Shaw with a 7-14-12 is in tenth overall and seemingly out of the medals.

Flavia Tartaglini of Italy added two more wins to her score to lead by one point from Charline Picon of France.

In the Laser Nick Thompson is treading water in 12th place after a 9 and 15 Tuesday.

Julio Alsogaray ARG won the second race and after dicarding a 14 in the first he leads by six points from Tonci Stipanovic CRO.

The other Laser race winner was Pavlos Kontides CYP who is now fifth overall. Robert Scheidt's hopes of another Olympic podium suffered a set-back with a 24 - 4, he is eighth overall.

And so to the women's Radial, where a 13 - 26 score puts Britain's Alison Young in 18th overall with a medal race place looking difficult now.

Lijia Xu of China bounced back from a disqualification Monday to add a 3 - 1 and take back the Radial lead.

In second is Ireland's Annalise Murphy who normally struggles in these light conditions.

The competition really gets interesting Wednesday with a second day for Giles Scott in the Finn and the 470 and Nacra17 joining the action.

The Laser and Radial are also racing their third day, in what could be the last chance for the GBR competitors to bid for a place in the medal races.

The RS:X fleets take a day off.

The Finn will move to an outside course for Wednesday, and be hoping for more consistent wind conditions.

See the Top 10 for each class here

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Gerald New - Sailweb
9 August 2016 21:06 GMT


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