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Rio Olympics - Only the 49er events get a result on day 8

Only the 49er and 49erFX managed to complete their races on day 8 at Rio and have just three final races to decide the make-up of their medal races.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke NZL - Click image for a larger image

The Kiwi favourites, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke stepped up to the mark with a 2, 3, 1 and opened an 18 point lead over Erik Heil and Thomas Plossel of Germany.

Burling said, "We're pleased with three low scores, the boat was going really fast. We had some beautiful conditions for racing but got hit by a massive squall on the way in. It was maybe 45 or 50 knots.”

Tuke added, "A south-west front came in and it went from 11 knots to more than 40 knots in the space of ten minutes.”

The French pair, Julien d'Ortoli and Noe Delpech, were outstanding, winning the first two races and move into fourth and challenging for a podium place.

Britain's Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign had their best day scoring steadily (5, 6, 9) to place eighth.

But the British pair will need to raise their game even more in the final three races to make contact with the podium group.

In the women's 49erFX there is a new leader, Tamara Echegoyen and Berta Betanzos of Spain, with 4, 1,1, go four points clear.

In second are Alex Maloney and Molly Meech of New Zealand.

Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth, 2, 5, 9, move up a place to fifth to keep alive the chance of competing for a medal in the final race.

For the 470 competitors it was a abandoned day and they will race again Tuesday.

The Finn and Nacra 17 are due to complete their Medal race Tuesday and they will be joined by the Laser and Radial who will also try to complete their Medal races.

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Gerald New - Sailweb
15 August 2016 21:48 GMT


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