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June 16, 2011

Annie Lush might have seen her American rivals get the better of her at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta on Olympic waters but she has vowed to not let lightning strike twice.

Lucy-Macgregor-Kate-MacgregThe 31-year-old was left wondering what might have been after leaving the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy clutching match racing silver.

Lush and team-mates Lucy and Kate Macgregor breezed into the final but eventually lost out to the American team led by British-born Anna Tunnicliffe.

And despite seeing the US team win the battle, Lush insisted the war was far from over as they look set to go head-to-head once more when London 2012 rolls into town.

“There are mixed emotions really getting into the final and winning silver is great – but going down 3-0 is a big disappointment,” she said.

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“It wasn’t the day we expected as we normally have some quite tight matches with Anna and we had hoped to take it to the full five matches but we couldn’t quite get off the start line in the shape that we wanted.

“They were actually close races in the end but there weren’t many shifts out there and whoever started ahead won so it wasn’t our day.

“We are keeping them going but we will be watching them closely to see how much we can make up that one boat length and make sure we end up with that gold in London 2012.

“But we have had a really good week and we came here aiming to get a medal so to leave with the silver is a great result.”

Lush’s shot at redemption could come as soon as August with both boats due back in Weymouth for an Olympic test event.

And Lush is keen to build on home advantage in a quest to realise her Olympic dream.

“It is all about Weymouth now over the next couple of months and coming back here for the test event in August so it is important to learn as much as we can from the venue,” she added.

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“We have to iron out a few mistakes we have made this week but we are confident we can do just that and be in better shape for future competitions.

“It has been really good to race everyone and see where we are in terms of the competition and now we want to build on this and obviously come back with gold in 2012.”

Investment specialist Skandia is the principal sponsor of the British sailing team. For more information go to www.skandiateamgbr.com

Ben Baker, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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