Could Britain win London 2012 Women's 470 Gold?


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Following their World Championship win last weekend, we speak to Hannah Mills, Saskia Clark and coach Joe Glanfield
Could British Olympic sailing fans dare hope that in Weymouth this August, Skandia Team GBR might score its first ever medal in the 470 Women's event? Following Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark's victory at the 470 World Championship in Barcelona last weekend, such hopes of the British women claiming not just a medal, but the gold itself, is now very much alive. The duo of Mills, 25, and Clark, 32, who were only united in the 470 14 months ago, didn’t make life easy for themselves at the Worlds being OCS in the first race. But they fought back, as Mills explains: “We are very good at dealing with the unexpected or unprecedented things that happen and we really had to pull together for the next day’s racing to make sure we were back on our game and not be too stressing about it too much.” Unfortunately there was only one discard at the Worlds, so they had to keep their noses clean from then on. Mills continues: “With another 12 races to go, we had a long week ahead of us, but we know we are good at overtaking boats and we are quite a consistent team, and we knew we had it within us to get the results and keep chipping away at the other boats and wait for them to mess up and they did eventually and it gave us the opportunity to pounce.” Matters were made no easier when on the second day when the Dutch double world champions, Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout, scored three straight bullets. “It is hard when another team comes out and does something like that but you can’t control it if anyone else does it,” says Mills. “You just have wait for your conditions.” For the rest of

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