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Mills and Clark are Rolex World Sailors of the Year

Britain's Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are the female winners and Santiago Lange of Argentina is winner of the male Rolex World Sailors of the Year award.

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Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark won 470 gold in Rio 2016 after taking silver in London 2012.

On the way to Rio the British pair took gold at the 2015 Sailing World Cup Final, silver at the 2015 World Championships and two 2016 World Cup golds.

Santiago Lange provided Rio 2016 with the fairy tale storyline of the Olympic Games as he won gold with Cecilia Carranza Saroli in the Nacra 17.

At 54-years-old, six-time Olympian and two-time bronze medal winner, Lange was the oldest sailor competing, but his story goes beyond his age.

Just one year prior to the Games Lange was diagnosed with cancer and had to have a lung removed.

Making the start line of the competition was an achievement in itself for the resilient Argentinean. Lange showed what is possible when passion is backed by courage and determination.

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9 November 2016 7:51 GMT


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