London 2012 470 Women's medal race: First Kiwi gold


Carlo Borlenghi / www.borlenghi.com / FIV
Britain's Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark claim silver, the Netherland bronze
Strangely the competition in the 470 Women going into the medal race was similar to that of the 470 Men. Again there was a British team in the hunt, although in this caseHannah Mills and Saskia Clark were in a better position, level on 33 points with New Zealand’s Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie. These two teams had also broken away from the rest of the pack. Dutch duo and two time World Champions Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkout had suffered badly on the final light wind day of full fleet racing, dropping them back to 19 points behind the leaders. Unfortunately for Mills and Clark their chances of beating the Kiwis to the gold medal were destroyed moments after the start. As Saskia Clark explained: “Hannah did an awesome job of the pre-start and we got the Kiwi where we wanted her. She tacked out and was passing clear behind all of the boats and we just got wedged between the Aussies and the Italians. And that was the separation she needed to get around the fleet. “We called middle-left, which it was until the wind totally died and did a right shift. From that point on there was no way back. It filled back in on the second beat half left, but it was one of those things. In hindsight we should have just stopped and tacked and gone with her and kept it close. But hindsight is a great thing... In all that pre-start manoeuvring we were fighting for a boat length, which we got, and suddenly she had 200m so she was never going to let us have that back.” Westerhof and Berkhout came home sixth in the medal race squeaking into the bronze slot. Devastatingly the French crew of Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron went into the

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