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London Olympics 2012 – 470 Champions return to top

by Rob Kothe on 4 Aug 2012
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) competing today, 03.08.12, in the Men’s Two Person Dinghy (470) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. onEdition © http://www.onEdition.com
London Olympics 2012 day 2 of competition for Mens 470 class.

Australia’s Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have dominated the Mens 470 Class (dual mends dinghy) for the last 12 months and are strong favourites to win an Olympic Gold medal.

They have set very high standards for themselves. Yesterday they were angry for what they called 'a school boy error', a costly port starboard which meant they recorded a ninth. But today they bounced back with a 2,1 result.

Just out of the boat park they were both smiling.

Malcolm Page was relieved. 'Certainly we were back in our groove. Back in our style today. Our downwind speed was good so we were saving ourselves and fighting for the inches when it mattered.

‘Today it was nice to be fighting out in the front. It was really close with our British guys.

'I think we changed the lead a bunch of times throughout both races. In Aussie fashion and fighting spirit we fought hard and it is just nice to come away with good results.

'We are lucky to have Victor (Kovalenko), with us now you couldn’t ask for any more. He is the most experienced. He is the best coach in the world and he has proven that.'


Mat expanded on conversations. 'We have high expectations, maybe a little too high in the sense that we are overall fourth yesterday. We are pretty hard on ourselves and we expect a lot.

'It’s nice today that we have come out to prove that and we will go tomorrow and do the same.

'The Brits (Patience and Bithell) are going very well but we are not looking at point scores at the moment. We have just got to worry about ourselves. We are only four races in of 11. It is a long road ahead.

'’They are great sailors. They are great guys. Hey we can only sail our boat. We can’t sail their boat so we have just got to keep concentrating on ourselves at the start and worry about the wind shifts and then worry about the tacks and the gybes as the race builds. It is too early to start playing the points game.'

Results to date:

1 GBR
 
Luke Patience
Stuart Bithell
2
 
1
 
4
 
2
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
9.0 9.0
2 AUS
Mathew Belcher
Malcolm Page
3
 
9
 
2
 
1
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
15.0 15.0
3 AUT
Matthias Schmid
Florian Reichsteaedter
1
 
4
 
7
 
19
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
31.0 31.0
4 SWE
Anton Dahlberg
Sebastian Östling
4
 
6
 
8
 
14
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
32.0 32.0
5 POR
Álvaro Marinho
Miguel Nunes
12
 
2
 
16
 
5
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
35.0 35.0
6 FRA
Pierre Leboucher
Vincent Garos
9
 
10
 
11
 
6
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
36.0 36.0
7 NED
Sven Coster
Kalle Coster
8
 
5
 
19
 
7
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
39.0 39.0
8 NZL
Paul Snow-Hansen
Jason Saunders
28
DSQ
3
 
5
 
4
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
40.0 40.0
9 ITA
Gabrio Zandonã
Pietro Zucchetti
6
 
26
 
1
 
8
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
41.0 41.0
10 ARG
Lucas Calabrese
Juan de la Fuente
5
 
24
 
3
 
9
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
41.0 41.0
11 USA
Stuart Mcnay
Graham Biehl
15
 
22
 
10
 
3
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
50.0 50.0
12 ESP
Onan Barreiros
Aaron Sarmiento
7
 
8
 
12
 
27
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
54.0 54.0
13 GRE
Kampo Kampouridis
Efstathios Papadopoulos
14
 
7
 
20
 
15
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
56.0 56.0
14 ISR
Gideon Kliger
Eran Sela
17
 
11
 
17
 
11
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
56.0 56.0
15 GER
Ferdinand Gerz
Patrick Follmann
13
 
17
 
13
 
16
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
59.0 59.0
16 CRO
Sime Fantela
Igor Marenic
28
DSQ
13
 
9
 
10
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
60.0 60.0
17 RUS
Mikhail Sheremetyev
Maxim Sheremetyev
21
 
18
 
14
 
13
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
66.0 66.0
18 CHN
Weidong Wang
Daokun Deng
20
 
15
 
6
 
26
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
67.0 67.0
19 SUI
Yannick Brauchli
Romuald Hausser
11
 
16
 
18
 
22
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
67.0 67.0
20 JPN
Ryunosuke Harada
Yuugo Yoshida
19
 
12
 
25
 
12
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
68.0 68.0
21 KOR
Gunwoo Park
SungMin CHO
23
 
14
 
15
 
24
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
76.0 76.0
22 TUR
Deniz Cinar
Ates Cinar
10
 
23
 
26
 
18
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
77.0 77.0
23 FIN
Joonas Lindgren
Niklas Lindgren
22
 
19
 
22
 
17
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
80.0 80.0
24 CAN
Luke Ramsay
Michael Leigh
24
 
20
 
21
 
21
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
86.0 86.0
25 IRL
Ger Owens
Scott Flanigan
16
 
25
 
24
 
25
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
90.0 90.0
26 RSA
Jim Asenathi
Roger Hudson
18
 
27
 
27
 
20
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
92.0 92.0
27 CHI
Benjamin Grez
Diego Gonzalez
25
 
21
 
23
 
23
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 
92.0 92.0


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