GREAT BRITAIN TAKES OVER IN 470 WOMEN, CROATIA HOLDS FIRM IN 470 MEN ON DAY 3 AT RIO12 Aug 2016
In a complete contrast to Thursday's big breeze, big wave day, the 470 Men and Women fleet race track inside Guanabara Bay was a lot more tame on Friday 12 August.
Fleets were initially postponed ashore waiting for the breeze to fill in, with racing getting underway for the 470 Men at 1633 hours in a 12 knot breeze, and the women kicking off at 1643 hours.
With five races completed, the regatta is at the halfway stage of the 10 race opening series, before the top ten teams advance to the medal race fight out. We are expecting to see the 470 fleet out on Copacabana course area when racing resumes on Sunday 14 August, but check any revisions to the course allocation at http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/about/olympic_documents_rio_2016_about.php
Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) won the only race of the day for the 470 Women on the Escola Naval course, moving them to the top of the leaderboard. Two earlier leaders in the series had disappointing days. Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka (JPN) finished in last place today although when that score is discarded from their results the Japanese are still second overall, three points off the lead. Sharing the same points as the Japanese are the reigning World Champions Camille Lecointre and Hélène de France (FRA).
Ai Kondo/Miho Yoshioka (JPN) remain in second place, but have now added a 20th place finish to their scorecard. It is discarded for now, but the pair cannot afford another high scoring result to their series
With the defending Olympic Champions already having used up their discard in the first race of the series after a disqualification, a 12th place finish has proven expensive for Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) who have dropped from first to sixth in the standings.
On the British race win, Mills commented, "It's always nice when there's only going to be one race to go out and smash it. We executed on our plan and we're very happy. It's such a hard venue and the fleet is all vying for that top spot. We just need to make sure we have a shot at winning come the Medal Race."
Tied on points in 4th and 5th and only two points off bronze medal position are the USA's Annie Haegar/Briana Provancha and Slovenia's Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol. Haegar/Provancha, along with the British pair of Mills/Clark are the only team to have posted all top ten finishes, so whilst not wanting it, do have room on their scorecard to take some risks, whilst the rest of the teams cannot afford another mid-fleet finish.
470 Women - Top 5 after 4 Races
1. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR) - 12 pts
2. Ai Kondo/Miho Yoshioka (JPN) - 15 pts
3. Camille Lecointre/Helene Defrance - 15 pts
4. Annie Haegar/Briana Provancha (USA) - 17 pts
5. Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol (SLO) - 17 pts
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
A win in the only race of the day sees Great Britain's Luke Patience/Chris Grube accelarate through the fleet to third overall, up from 6th at the start of the day.
It was a frustrating wait for the 470 Men who were struggling to get in their races on the Escola Naval course. In the single race that was completed before sunset, Luke Patience and Chris Grube's victory has lifted the British to third overall. The duel for supremacy continues between the reigning World Champions from Croatia and the reigning Olympic Champions from Australia. Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) moved to within two points of the lead after finishing second in the day's only race, a place behind Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) who lead the fleet. Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) sit a point behind the British in fourth overall.
Fantela commented, "Another good day in our pocket, it was tricky inside the bay. Lots of waiting but we are used to it and finally the wind filled in around 3.30pm and we made a good climb from about seventh at the beginning to the front of the pack. We had a good fight with Australia, the British, the Americans. It was fun."
The points gap continues to close on leaders Fantela/Marenic (CRO) as Belcher/Ryan (AUS) reel them in to just a 2 point advantage after 5 races.
Saturday 13 August 2016 is a reserve day, with racing resuming on Sunday 14 August.
470 Men - Top 5 after 4 Races
1. Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic (CRO) - 7 pts
2. Mathew Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) - 9 pts
3. Luke Patience/Chris Grube (GBR) - 17 pts
4. Panagotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) - 18 pts
5. Sofian Bouvet/Jeremie Mion (FRA) - 20 pts
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MARK BY MARK ROUNDINGS
Check out the mark by mark peformance of teams, gains and losses, and overall times:
|470 Women||470 Men|
|10-Aug||Race 1 / Race 2||Race 1 / Race 2|
|11-Aug||Race 3 / Race 4||Race 3 / Race 4|
|12-Aug||Race 5 / Race 6||Race 5 / Race 6|
|13-Aug||Reserve Day||Reserve Day|
|14-Aug||Race 7 / Race 8||Race 7 / Race 8|
|15-Aug||Race 9 / Race 10||Race 9 / Race 10|
|16-Aug||Reserve Day||Reserve Day|
|17-Aug||Medal Race||Medal Race|
|18-Aug||Reserve Day||Reserve Day|