The Olympic regatta is dwindling quickly. Two more medal races today means there are only six fleets still racing. Tom Slingsby, of Australia, got redemption from four years ago when he went into the Olympics as the reigning Laser world champ and went home 22nd. He did what he had to do, held back Pavlos Kontides, of Cyprus, enough to ensure he couldn’t pass him in the overall standings. Kontides still got the first-ever Olympic medal for Cyprus. And at just 22, there’s probably more hardware down the road for this small island nation.
Pieter-Jan Postma of the Netherlands had a bronze in his pocket, but gave it up to take a shot at gold in the medal race.
With a bronze in hand, PJ Postma went for the gold in the bush, and wound up with nothing.
Would you risk an Olympic medal for a shot at immortality?
With just a few hundred meters left in the Finn class medal race Pieter-Jan Postma of the Netherlands was comfortably in position for the bronze medal. But dangling just a boatlength ahead was the silver, possibly the gold. All he had to do was get inside of Daniel Slater of New Zealand for the final mark rounding before a short reach—a parade in almost any condition—to the finish.
A pack house at the Nothe watched two very exciting medal races, with the British medals in both coming down to the last few meters. They were rewarded with a silver in the Star and a gold in Finn, the latter confirming Ben Ainslie as the most successful Olympic sailor in history.
A banner day for the British and for fans of sailing. But a tough one for the U.S. Sailing Team.
I kept telling the Brits that there is only one Super Sunday, and it occurs in February and involves about as far from a sailing regatta as a sporting event can get. But you try getting a word in when national heroes Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy are going for gold.
For the Brits it was a huge day and probably just how the organizers of the Weymouth Olympic Regatta drew it up many years ago, with two of their most well-known sailors fighting for Olympic gold on a beautiful summer Sunday on the south coast.
Super Sunday is here. Can Team GBR repeat its Finn-Star double gold from 2008. Find out today. We'll have people at both ends of the course, plus watching the tracker and TV. In short, we've got it covered.
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