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London Olympics 2012 - 470 Australians on a winning streak

by Rob Kothe and Jed Kennedy on 11 Aug 2012
Weymouth, England - Mathew Belcher does a back flip off the Australian Mens 470 celebrating their Gold Medal win - the Silver Medalist (GBR) are yet to finish © Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Malcolm Page, the Beijing and now London 2012 Olympic winner and Mat Belcher, the 2012 Gold Medal skipper, were in an expansive mood when they came ashore.

Malcolm was first to talk

‘I’ve been 15 years in the 470 class and campaigning for an Olympic Game, for an Olympic gold medal. I gone through the highs and lows over those 15 years from missing selection to failing at the Games and obviously feeling the highest reward from success in Beijing but then these four years have probably been one of the most rewarding of my whole sailing career.

‘The development that Mat and I have been through as a team under Victor’s guidance has been incredible.

‘I think that the team we became is the best I have ever seen well it certainly feels that way to me and our results that we have achieved along the way is incredible.

‘This is our eighth regatta in a row that we have won since the test event here one year ago. It is an incredible feeling. I hope we haven't won too many beforehand and we couldn’t keep it rolling but to achieve it has been phenomenal.

‘A day after I got the Beijing gold medal that Mat and I met in a coffee shop in Qingdao and he asked me to the four years.

‘I said give me three months before I can give you a solid answer because I didn't want the emotion to make it a wrong decision. Of course I knew at the start of this four year campaign that it would be my last Olympic campaign.

‘I would love to still stay involved with the team but just won’t be as an athlete. Hopefully you will see me at an Olympic Games but I won’t be wearing wetsuits.

‘I have achieved so much more than I probably ever expected especially when I decided to do an Olympic campaign. I came from a non-sailing family so to fall in love with the sport at a young age and then obviously have a little bit of talent with it I have now been sailing for 32 years straight and I have never missed a summer certainly in Australia and not often have I missed one in Europe especially in the last twenty years.

‘It’s a great way to go out and I have been very, very happy with my sailing life. It’s taken me some places and helped me grow up as a person. It’s a great feeling.

Mat: I was driving a media boat at the last Olympic Games, it obviously a different view, a different perspective and satisfaction. It is much better to sail and have the opportunity that we have. I have spent 12 years trying to get to this stage. Just to make it to the Olympics was quite special in a sense because for eight years I have been trying to beat this guy and his former skipper and we are really happy.

‘Coming in at Beijing I really thought I didn't want to campaign anymore and I was driving a motor boat, filming Mal and I just thought I just want the opportunity.

‘I wanted to be able to see if I can do it.


‘I said to myself, if I can get Mal, I will have the best crew in the world. I have got the best coach in the world and I have the best support staff, the best teammates and I wanted that opportunity and thankfully Mal said yes. The last four years have been unbelievable.

‘When I sat down to talk to Malcolm, I think I had a lot in my favour because I think he was still quite drunk from his celebrations.

‘We have got so much support. It’s fantastic that our team mates in sailing is getting the recognition it deserves and the last four years we have won three worlds and this year has been fantastic. There are so many people we would like to thank and we are just happy that we could do it for them and obviously do it for ourselves.

‘It was pretty nerve-wracking at times today. We would love to have a few more points coming into today but then again we won half the races and Luke and Stu sailed a fantastic week as we did.

‘We didn't really expect to pull away a little bit from the rest of the fleet. That was a bit surprising for us. To come in with only 18 points we just couldn’t get that point separation that we wanted.

Malcolm interjected ‘Racing on the Nothe is great for spectators. Very difficult to race. We made the most of the situations. A few things went our way and a few things didn't. We kept calm and I think it just shows our experience.

‘First time around the top mark they were on track for Gold and by the bottom mark we were.

‘It’s tough to race like that. There is a lot of pressure. A lot of expectation and as a team being as strong as we are was nice. We have trust in ourselves to get the job done.

‘The Croatians had good speed and I thought they might be the spoilers.

‘Going forward was our focus no matter what happened to us out there today. Bad luck or bad decisions or bad things that came our way we just had to keep fighting and keep fighting hard and then we would know we had given it our all.


‘I guess that goes for the whole four years as well. We felt like that every stone was unturned in our whole cycle.

‘I think when it came to those medal race situations when we were in a difficult tight situation and we could have l lost it but we knew we had the experience. We have had those feelings before and we knew how to get through it.

‘There is another thing that is really special about these four years. We have talked a lot about Victor and us two as a strong team but we have had some amazing training partners that have stayed with us for the last three and a half years.

‘Every day we went on the water they were out there with us and that was Sam Kivell and Will Ryan.

‘They were the two young Australian sailors who joined the 470 program at the start of the Olympiad and they have been out with us every day and every time we come to Europe they have driven their stuff around and our equipment around. They have been true team mates.

‘There have been no secrets between us and it really is a tight unit.

‘Sure there are only two of us in the boat but there really is five of us in that core little team that have made this journey and made this possible at the end of this day.

‘Those two guys they deserve a medal as well. They are just phenomenal.‘

470 - Men - Overall Results

 

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

MR

Total

Net

1

AUS

Mathew Belcher

Malcolm Page

3

(9)

2

1

1

1

3

5

1

1

4

31.0

22.0

2

GBR

Luke Patience

Stuart Bithell

2

1

4

2

3

4

1

(6)

3

2

8

36.0

30.0

3

ARG

Lucas Calabrese

Juan de la Fuente

5

(24)

3

9

17

8

2

2

5

6

6

87.0

63.0

4

ITA

Gabrio Zandonã

Pietro Zucchetti

6

(26)

1

8

6

13

8

4

11

3

12

98.0

72.0

5

NZL

Paul Snow-Hansen

Jason Saunders

(28)
DSQ

3

5

4

16

3

7

9

13

12

14

114.0

86.0

6

CRO

Sime Fantela

Igor Marenic

(28)
DSQ

13

9

10

8

5

15

1

2

22

2

115.0

87.0

7

FRA

Pierre Leboucher

Vincent Garos

9

10

11

6

10

2

(19)

11

4

11

16

109.0

90.0

8

POR

Álvaro Marinho

Miguel Nunes

12

2

16

5

11

7

17

3

10

(28)
OCS

10

121.0

93.0

9

AUT

Matthias Schmid

Florian Reichsteaedter

1

4

7

19

4

16

(24)

10

14

14

18

131.0

107.0

10

SWE

Anton Dahlberg

Sebastian Östling

4

6

8

14

13

9

14

(24)

22

13

20

147.0

123.0

11

ESP

Onan Barreiros

Aaron Sarmiento

7

8

12

(27)

24

6

10

13

15

9

 

131.0

104.0

12

NED

Sven Coster

Kalle Coster

8

5

19

7

21

(24)

9

22

6

8

 

129.0

105.0

13

GER

Ferdinand Gerz

Patrick Follmann

13

(17)

13

16

9

10

11

14

9

10

 

122.0

105.0

14

USA

Stuart Mcnay

Graham Biehl

15

22

10

3

(23)

23

6

18

7

4

 

131.0

108.0

15

ISR

Gideon Kliger

Eran Sela

17

11

17

11

2

14

5

12

(28)
OCS

23

 

140.0

112.0

16

SUI

Yannick Brauchli

Romuald Hausser

11

16

18

22

14

12

12

7

(23)

7

 

142.0

119.0

17

RUS

Mikhail Sheremetyev

Maxim Sheremetyev

21

18

14

13

5

20

4

(25)

18

17

 

155.0

130.0

18

JPN

Ryunosuke Harada

Yuugo Yoshida

19

12

(25)

12

7

11

21

17

17

15

 

156.0

131.0

19

GRE

Kampo Kampouridis

Efstathios Papadopoulos

14

7

20

15

18

(28)
DSQ

27

19

8

20

 

176.0

148.0

20

CHN

Weidong Wang

Daokun Deng

20

15

6

26

(27)

17

22

26

12

16

 

187.0

160.0

21

FIN

Joonas Lindgren

Niklas Lindgren

22

19

22

17

12

15

(26)

21

21

18

 

193.0

167.0

22

KOR

Gunwoo Park

SungMin CHO

23

14

15

24

20

(25)

20

8

24

21

 

194.0

169.0

23

IRL

Ger Owens

Scott Flanigan

16

25

24

25

15

22

25

(27)

16

5

 

200.0

173.0

24

TUR

Deniz Cinar

Ates Cinar

10

23

(26)

18

22

21

23

16

19

26

 

204.0

178.0

25

CAN

Luke Ramsay

Michael Leigh

24

20

21

21

19

19

16

20

(26)

19

 

205.0

179.0

26

RSA

Jim Asenathi

Roger Hudson

18

(27)

27

20

26

26

13

15

25

24

 

221.0

194.0

27

CHI

Benjamin Grez

Diego Gonzalez

(25)

21

23

23

25

18

18

23

20

25

 

221.0

196.0

 
Updated: Friday 10 August 2012, 20:20:49 GMT

Legend

( ) - Excluded Score

DPI - Discretionary penalty imposed

BFD - Black flag, disqualification under rule 30.3

DSQ - Disqualification

DGM - Disqualification under rule 69.1(b)(2); not excludable

OCS - On the course side of the starting line

DNC - Did not start; did not come to starting area

RAF - Retired after finishing

DNE - Disqualification (other than DGM) not excludable under rule 89.3(b)

RDG - Redress given

DNF - Did not finish

SCP - Took a scoring penalty under rule 44.3

DNS - Did not start (other than DNC and OCS)

ZFP - 20% penalty under rule 30.2


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