GOLD TO AUSTRIA AND AUSTRALIA AT WORLD CUP FINAL IN MELBOURNE12 Dec 2016
The Sailing World Cup Melbourne Final presented by Land Rover presented its winners in Melbourne on Sunday 11 December in some closely fought medal races.
Austria's Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar rounded off their week in the Women's 470 by winning the Medal Race, their seventh victory from nine races. Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan (AUS) played second fiddle to the Austrians for much of the competition but pushed them hard. Vadlau was quick to acknowledge their rivals, "They're always coming close and making it exciting. That's how we love it. At the end we always had the nose ahead of them and we are happy.”
Ogar continued, "It's perfect to end the year winning the World Cup Final. Now we can go home for Christmas, chill a little, and think about what we're going to do next.
"We have Tokyo 2020 in our thoughts somewhere.”
Nan Zhang and Yixiao Lv (CHN) rounded off the podium.
Rio 2016 silver medallists Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) were equally dominant in the men's division and had won gold in advance of the Medal Race. They added to their six fleet race victories in the Medal Race to sign their week off in style.
Daichi Takayama and Kimihiko Imamura (JPN) and brothers Alexander and Patrick Conway (AUS) ended their event tied on 36 points but silver went the way of the Japanese duo as they finished second to the Conway's fourth in the Medal Race.
With the 'Road to Rio' now concluded it's time for 'Target Tokyo'. Sailors will enjoy a period of rest before the 2017 Sailing World Cup series kicks off in Miami, USA from 23-29 January 2017.
Watch Sunday's 470 men and women medal races:
Information on how to follow the event is below:
RESULTS / ENTRIES
A full list of sailors registered to sail in Melbourne is available to view here - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/sailorinfo/melbournefinal_entries.php. Results will be available via from Tuesday 6 December via the Manage2Sail results centre here - http://manage2sail.com/en-US/eventonly/bf593da8-bbe7-4a41-b482-014e216c7603/style/worldcup#!/results?classId=2742c355-f9a2-4232-abb1-fc03b2053196
Live tracking and competitor's analytics will be available via SAP Sailing Analytics throughout the event here - https://swc2016-melbourne.sapsailing.com/
High resolution imagery free for editorial usage will be provided throughout the Sailing World Cup Final by Sailing Energy. Imagery will be available to download via - http://worldsailing.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/SWC-Final-Melbourne-2016/C0000Kub13ACLMR4. The password to download is WSimages
World Sailing will be releasing international press releases after racing throughout the duration of World Cup Final. All the latest news and reports will be available to read here - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/news/index.php
Medal Races on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December will be streamed live on World Sailing's Facebook and YouTube Channel. URLs and embed codes are available below:
SWC Final - Medal Races - RS:X, 49er, Nacra 17, Kiteboarding
URL - https://youtu.be/RBU8xjyN-lw
Embed - <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RBU8xjyN-lw?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
SWC Final - Medal Races - 470, Finn, Laser
URL - https://youtu.be/UJ-iZRAcWZI
Embed - <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UJ-iZRAcWZI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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