Slingsby the come-back king

2 August 2012

SAILING: Australia’s Tom Slingsby has had a day of fighting back to keep his place in the top three. After two races on Day 5 of the Games, Slingsby is currently lying second overall and only one point behind the leader, Pavlos Contides from Cyprus. 

Slingsby had a slow start to the day, at one point being back in 22nd place in race 5, the first race of the day. However, he fought his way back crossing the finish line in ninth. In race 6 he again had a slow first leg, rounding the mark in ninth position but he fought his way back and finished the race in second place. 

“Tomorrow I just want to get good starts and lead to every mark,” he said after racing. “Today in the first race when I was back in the pack I thought of yesterday and I thought, OK let’s start the process again and start coming back. I didn’t do it quite as well as yesterday but it’s good to know that the race isn’t over and if I sail well I can pull back.”

In the Elliot 6m women’s match racing the Australian team of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis & Lucinda Whitty have made it eight from eight winning against the Netherlands and Sweden today. The girls are the only team in the round robin series who are undefeated and are now assured a spot in the quarter-finals. 

“We’ve done quite a bit of training against the Dutch and we knew it was going to be a tough race,” said Price after the race.

“We knew we had to keep making decisions. We took each puff as it came and tried to consolidate on what we had.”

Price celebrates her 20th birthday Thursday and is the youngest member of the sailing team. 

Australia’s 49ers sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have also had another cracking day on the water and continue to build on their lead. After finishing races five and six in 2nd and 1st placings, the Aussies are now 13 points ahead of their nearest rivals, training partners Peter Burling and Blair Tuke from New Zealand. The Aussies will sail another two races Thursday in the waters off Weymouth in south-west England. 

In the women’s RSX event Australia’s Jessica Crisp finished 17th in both races. She’s currently lying 14th overall, and in the Laser Radial class Krystal Weir finished seventh and 35th in races  five and six and is currently 16th overall. 

Looking forward to day six the Australian 470 men will commence their Olympic competition with two races.  Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page come into this competition as the reigning world champions, and Page is defending the Gold medal he won in Beijing in the same class. 

Other racing for day six includes two races for the 49ers, RSX Women, Finns and the Women’s Match Racing team. 

Megan McKay in Weymouth

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