sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : London Olympics 2012 - Swedes claim Star gold in thrilling finale
London Olympics 2012 - Swedes claim Star gold in thrilling finale

'Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen (SWE), who won the Gold Medal today, 05.08.12, in the Medal Race Men’s Keelboat (Star) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.'    onEdition ©    Click Here to view large photo

London Olympics 2012 Sailing competition, Weymouth - Star Men.

Sweden's Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen claimed victory in the Star Medal Race to upset the favourites and snag the gold medal in a thrilling finale.


Having trailed overnight leaders Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) by 12 points ahead of the Medal Race the Swedes won by four seconds over Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner to overcome the Brits who finished eighth.

Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen (SWE -  onEdition ©   Click Here to view large photo
The Brits had to finish sixth or better to guarantee gold but in a tense final run Norway's Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen, America's Brian Fatih and Mark Mendelblatt and Brazil's Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada finished less than two seconds ahead of the Brits squeezing them into eighth and down into silver medal position. The Brazilians subsequently fell into bronze medal position.

The Swedes were worthy winners and sailed their own race from the start with only the bullet on their mind, Loof said, 'It was a dream come true. We were happy for the silver but the gold came instead.

'We knew the other guys were under more pressure and stress than us, so we really had nothing to lose and just wanted to sail a good race. We were looking back but we knew we had to do our best. We sailed a brilliant race; we were fast downwind and upwind.'

For Percy and Simpson they were unable to defend the title they won at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and were disappointed not to defend their overnight lead, 'It's frustrating,' said Percy. 'We tried our hardest and did well in the regatta. At the moment, it does hurt. It's a testament to how well we sailed.

'We sailed 10 good races. There's a big luck element. We can't blame anyone but ourselves, but at the same time we were really proud.'

Scheidt and Prada were the pre-race favourites and had mixed emotions picking up the bronze medal. Scheidt said, 'I am a little sad losing a position but, at the same time, very happy to get a medal. We would have wanted a bit more.'

Top Five

1.Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen (SWE) - 32pts
2. Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) - 34pts
3. Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) - 40pts
4. Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen (NOR) - 63pts
5. Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner (NZL) - 70pts

Click here for full results

ISAF website


by ISAF

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=100641

8:11 PM Sun 5 Aug 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

06 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Two bullets for Outteridge and Jensen
06 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Nail biting finale in Finn medal race
06 Aug 2012  London 2012 Olympics - Mixed bag for Irish sailors
06 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Images of Weymouth, Day 8 - Gold on line in Stars
06 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Day 8 - Ainslie wins more Gold
06 Aug 2012  London 2012 Olympics - Ben Ainslie secures golden place in history
06 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Ben Ainslie wins Finn gold - Images by Ingrid Abery
06 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Day 8 - Kiwis second in both Medal Races
06 Aug 2012  London 2012 Olympics - Iain Percy's parents react to silver medal win
06 Aug 2012  London Olympics - Roddy Ainslie, dad of the greatest Olympic sailor
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World















2014 J/111 World Championship - Bigger breeze arrives on day 2! by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight




























Audi Melges 20 U.S. Nationals - Oleander takes early lead by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,






2014 Detroit Cup - Sam Gilmour leads by Dobbs Davis, Detroit, Michigan








Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Riding the AC45 - VIDEO by Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island










America's Cup: Five Challengers sign-on for 35th Match
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad talks Time and Money (Part II) *Feature
America’s Cup - British Challenge accepted by Golden Gate Yacht Club
Volvo Ocean Race - It’s been emotional, but it’s time to move on
Cork OCR - Sail Canada Senior Nationals wrap up
J/111 World Championships - British Teams take early lead on day 1
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Jellyfish stings British Soldier
International Cadet World Championship – Day 4 at Weymouth, England
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Light wind plagues Lake Jinniu
2014 Formula Kite World Championships - Bridges strike back on day 2
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown at Punta San Carlos
SAP 505 World Championship - Holt and Woelfel on top
2014 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship - Day 2
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; MC38s Lindeman Island Race VIDEO
2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Ready to rock
IFDS Worlds - Wind delays, but racing continues in Halifax
IFDS World Championships - Day 2 images by Jude Robertson
MS Cup - Three days until the start
America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature
ISAF seeking hosting bids for Nations Cup
Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds - Luvisetto and Alexadr Boite victorious +Video   
IFDS World Championships - Action shots by Tim Wilkes   
Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia   
World Yacht Racing Forum 2014: 'Growing the business of Yacht Racing'   
Clipper Race: 2015-16 edition of world's longest ocean race 70% full   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland - Swish smash 5th World Record   
Leaderboards take shape at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games 2014   
IFDS Worlds - Hot competition on first day of racing   
Challenging Conditions - CORK OCR   
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 for the US Sailing Team   
2014 Melges 20 World Championship - Countdown begins   
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 3   
America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature   
Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3   
Roble and Wilson still number one match racers in the U.S.   
2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1   
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 images by Jude Robertson   
Volvo Ocean Race: Forget the f-word - Team SCA profiled   
52 Super Series - Fleet grows, 2015 dates revealed   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Teams from 9 nations on the podium   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT