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Video: Hannah Mills talks sailing

August 10, 2011

Hannah Mills insists there is still more to come from her despite leading the 470 women’s ranks with just two fleet races to go at this week’s Weymouth and Portland International Regatta.

Hannah-Mills-Saskia-Clark-4The 23-year-old – alongside partner Saskia Clark – has been in dominating form on London 2012 waters, winning their first two races and never looking back.

And the duo continued their hot streak yesterday as they recorded a second-place finish to sit top of the pile on 24 points, eight ahead of second-place Japan.

But with another day of racing to go before Friday’s medal races, Mills admits it is exciting to see just how far the team can go, considering they only formed in February after Clark’s former partner Sarah Ayton retired.

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“We are really happy with how we have done this week and to be leading for this long, we couldn’t have asked for much more really,” Mills said.

“We are still a young and new team having joined together only earlier this year so to be doing this well is great.

“And it is exciting because we know we have so much to improve on but so far it is going really well so we are happy.

“The confidence is still there for the rest of the week, despite a tricky day of racing on Tuesday, and we will carry that into the medal race.

“It is all reasonably tight although we have a little lead so it will all be about consolidating that going into the medal race and that will give us a good chance of winning.”

Despite leading from start to finish, Mills and Clark have shown they are up for a battle, battling back from 20th at the first mark in Tuesday’s first race to finish second.

And Mills has vowed to fight all the way to ensure she isn’t missing out on the podium come the end of the week.

“We had two horrendous first beats on Tuesday but then we managed to pull it back and got second and a ninth so we are happy with that,” she added.

“There are always opportunities when the wind is like that and people either make massive losses or massive gains all over the course and once we rounded the windmark 20th in the first race we just had to do everything right and luckily we did just that.

“So that is pleasing and it shows another side of us and we are prepared to fight as hard as we have to to end up with the gold at the end.”

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

Image credit Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR

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