MEDAL RACE LINE-UP DECIDED AT 2014 COPA BRAZIL DE VELA19 Dec 2014
The 2014 Copa Brazil de Vela moves into the final day of racing on Saturday 20 December with the top ten medal race line-up all ready and waiting.
Still early days in the build-up to Rio 2016, but every moment spent on the water here is a plus and there is no doubt that the frontrunning teams are setting the marker for others to aspire to.
A slow start has converted into a phenomenal run of 5 back to back race wins for 470 World ChampionsMat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS), to position them 6 points ahead of the USA's Stuart McNay/Dave Hughes. The McNay/Hughes partnership led the series for race days 1 and 2, but Belcher/Ryan took over the yellow jerseys yesterday. Luke Patience/Elliot Willis (GBR) count a steady top 10 scoreline in 3rd overall, just 4 points behind the Americans.
Brazil's Fernanda Oliveira/Ana Barbachan edged into the lead yesterday, but were reeled back in today by a 2,1 scorecard from 470 World Champions Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT), which places them just 1 point behind the Brazilians going into Saturday's double points medal race. The 2013 470 World Champions and 2012 Olympic Champions, Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (NZL) are on an equal 32 points with the Austrians, so there is all to play for. Behind the leading three are early series leaders Camille Lecointre/Helene Defrance (FRA), just 2 points behind the Kiwis.
There is absolutely no guarantee of a podium finish to any of the top three, so they will all be watching their backs in the medal race. Theoretically, any of the top 6 teams are in with a shout at a podium result.
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