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.
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