AUSTRALIA AND POLAND THE WINNERS OF 2018 WORLD CUP SERIES, ROUND ONE IN GAMAGORI, JAPAN22 Oct 2017
New champions were decided in Gamagori as the inaugural World Sailing event in the land of the rising came to a close.
2017 Women's 470 World Champions Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Irmina Mrózek Gliszczynska (POL) put themselves in a commanding position going into the Medal Race after a consistent week of racing.
The Polish duo kept out of trouble at the start and put themselves in the middle of the fleet and firmly in control. They got ahead of the pack and with clean wind in their sails, they raced ahead, claiming a stylish victory and gold.
"We are really happy and proud. Today we sailed the race how we wanted to," said Skrzypulec. "We spoke before about the strategy and I am happy that we managed to do everything perfectly.
"We won the World Championships in the 470 this year, which was a historical victory because no one from Poland has ever done that before.
"This is a first medal from the World Cup, first gold but second gold in the 470 fleet this year.
"This makes this season really special."
In only their second event following Rio 2016, Japanese favourites Ai Kondo and Miho Yoshioka (JPN) secured silver. Cassandre Blandin and Aloise Retornaz (FRA) benefitted from Linda Fahrni and Maja Siegenthaler (SUI) finishing in eighth place to claim the final podium position.
Watch the Women's 470 Medal Race back below:
As Typhoon Lan approached, a decision was made to cancel racing, in advance of its arrival, to ensure the safety of the athletes and officials.
This meant that the Men's Two Person Dinghy (470) results from overnight would be final.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) picked up gold in the 470 with Japanese sailors Tetsuya Isozaki and Akira Takayanagi finishing second. Ryo Imamura and Jumpei Hokazono (JPN) completed the podium
Source: World Sailing