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Rio Olympics Day 5 - GBR in push for sailing podium places

With the silver in the men's RS:X secure, the British sailing team will be hoping that Nick Dempsey's medal can spur them to equal or greater results.

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Friday was all about the two 49er fleets starting their events (very late).

In the women's 49erFX, Britain's Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth started with a second place behind Sarah Steyaert and Aude Compan of France.

They fell back to an 11th in the second race, which was won by Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze of Brazil, to finish the day in seventh overall.

Erin Rafuse and Dannie Boyd of Canada lead the 49erFX overall.

In the men's 49er the Kiwi pair Peter Burling and Blair Tuke won both races, but the Danes, Jonas Warrer and Christian Peter Lubeck, will be kicking themselves after missing a mark when they had the first race won.

Britain's Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign had a 15, 10, and are 14th overall.

Better news in the women's 470 where Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark top the leaderboard after winning their only race (R5) ahead of Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Luiza Barbachan BRA.

In the men's 470 Luke Patience and Chris Grube also won their race and are third overall. Leaders are Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic CRO, with Mat Belcher and Will Ryan AUS in second.

In the Laser Nick Thompson drops to fourth overall after a 24, 7. Overall leader is Tonci Stipanovic CRO with the amazing Robert Scheidt BRA just three points back in second.

Scheidt pulled himself up from 24 at the second mark in the first race to finish in fourth - this is one determined man!

In the women's Radial, Alison Young is in eighth overall after a 7, 10, but is now 44 points behind the leader, Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark, with two more qualifying races.

Ireland's Annalise Murphy struggled yesterday (17, 12) but still holds third place overall, four points behind second placed Marit Bouwmeester NED.

Bryony Shaw, in the women's RS:X, has put together a consistant run of results over the past two days but with little effect on her overall position.

Shaw will go into the medal race on Sunday in eighth place, 15 points off the joint leaders, Flavia Tartaglini ITA and Stefania Elfutina RUS.

Can she make the podium? Unlikely, but conditions on the medal course have been unusual, so anything could happen.

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Gerald New - Sailweb
13 August 2016 9:44 GMT


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