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Sailing: Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark win bronze at World Champs

September 21, 2014
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Great Britain’s Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark won the bronze medal in the 470 Women’s event at the ISAF Sailing World Championships yesterday, and their performance means Team GB have qualified for a place at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

The Olympic silver medallists went into the final day in bronze medal position, with an outside chance of moving upwards in the rankings, and gave a strong display to finish second in the medal race behind the Austrian duo who were crowned World Champions.

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With their second place in the race, the British duo had to hope that New Zealand’s defending champions and Olympic gold medallists Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie finished the 10-boat race in ninth or worse to wrest the silver medal from them.

But although the Kiwi pair had been in that position during the first lap of the race, they picked their way back through to finish sixth and hold on to their overall second place.

“This was all we could have hoped for today really,” said Mills afterwards. “It was too far for silver and gold to be in with a shout so we did just did the best job we could and came home with the bronze.

“This is the ISAF World Championships, it is only once every four years – it is a big deal in the build up to any of the Olympic Games so to come here and perform we are really happy. It’s not quite the colour we wanted but we have a lot to work on.”

More info: www.rya.org.uk

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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