QUALIFICATION DAY 2 BUILDS PRESSURE IN DENMARK03 Aug 2018
Sailing World Championships are often pitched as nations competing against each other, but the real tensions are often within the national teams as individuals begin to try and secure their Olympic selection.
On the Day 2 of the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 470 class Men and Women fleets enjoyed south and south-easterlies winds of 8-14 knots.
In the women's 470, Hannah Mills, the Olympic champion in Rio and new crew Eilidh McIntyre - who know a thing or two about pressure from national team mates - put a difficult Thursday behind them by winning both their races.
The men's 470 ran three races to catch up from Thursday and Swedish 2018 European Champions, Anton Dahlberg and Frederik Bergström were solid but bettered by Japan's Kazuto Doi and Naoya Kimura. The surprise of the day was perhaps the struggle of Australia's Mat Belcher and William Ryan, the silver medallists in Rio and Belcher being the gold medallist in London 2012.
After 4 races completed, the scoreboard displays at the top 3 positions:
1. Kazuto Doi/Naoya KIMURA (JPN)
2. Anton DAHLBERG/Fredrik BERGSTRÖM (SWE)
3. Jordi Xammar Hernàndez/Nicolás RODRÍGUEZ GARCÍA-PAZ (ESP)
1. Ai KONDO YOSHIDA/Miho Yoshioka (JPN)
2. Hannah Mills/Eilidh McIntyre (GBR)
3. Camille LECOINTRE/Aloise RETORNAZ(FRA)
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Source: World Sailing