London 2012: Women's Match Racing finale

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As Tamara Echegoyen's team claims the gold medal for Spain. Plus photo gallery from Carlo Borlenghi
So much for form guides. The final of the Women’s Match Racing ended up being between the Australian team of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty and the Spanish team of Tamara Echegoyen, Sofia Toro and Angela Pumariega. Going into the Games, they were ranked sixth and eighth respectively in our form guide, as they also were in the ISAF rankings. The young Australian team had won Skandia Sail for Gold, but otherwise had had fairly deep results through the year while the Spanish finished 12th at the last two World Championships and hadn’t even reached the podium at the major events leading up to London 2012. Yet coming out of the Round Robins in the first week Price’s team was the only one to maintain a 100% win rate, while Echegoyen’s crew were third equal with the US favourites led by Anna Tunnicliffe. In front of the Nothe crowd, with the wind up to 22 knots from the ESE and a substantial swell rolling in, the Final between the two teams went to the wire. The first race was close where after a dial up in the pre-start, the lightweight Elliott 6s going astern at pace, the Spanish gained the early advantage as the Aussies were over early. This didn’t cost them greatly, they made up ground but despite getting close as the two boats surfed in towards the finish line, the Aussies were never able to overtake. First point to Spain. In the next the Aussies were a nose ahead off the line hoding the weather berth, sailing the Spanish off to the port layline before leading them into the top mark and then around the rest of the race course. 1-1. The third race was the most dramatic with the wind having built to 24 knots. In this the Australians