by Lindsey Ball
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson have today (14 December) retired from the Perth 2011 Sailing World Championships following Percy’s back injury sustained on Tuesday.
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, Star. Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships
The Star class defending World Champions and Olympic gold medallists were leading the overall standings when injury struck during Tuesday’s first race.
'We’re really disappointed to have to pull out,' said the 35-year-old Percy, who has already been selected to compete the London 2012 Games with Simpson.
'We were having a great regatta, were sailing well and were really enjoying the racing. We haven’t done a lot of racing recently so it was great to be racing together with Bart again, and to be racing as well as we were.
'It’s certainly frustrating, but it’s more important for me to concentrate on getting fixed and fit again so that this doesn’t happen when it really matters at the Games next summer.'
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