sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : London Olympics 2012 - Aleh and Price win Gold in the Women’s 470 clas
London Olympics 2012 - Aleh and Price win Gold in the Women’s 470 clas

'Aleh and Powrie took Gold in the Women’s 470 class at the London Olympics 2012'    Thom Touw ©

While the wind gods came close to shutting down the medal-race party in the Women’s 470 class today, which was held on the Nothe course just off of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in here in Portland, UK, some smart fore-thinking on the part of the RC enabled the ladies to get in a proper contest, thus determining the class' podium positions. As was previously reported, the battle for Gold and Silver was a predetermined tussle between New Zealand and Team Great Britain, while Bronze was up for grabs.

Both Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) and Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) sailed brilliant regattas heading into today’s medal race. This essentially morphed today into a winner-takes-all sprint to the finishing line, as well as a battle for Bronze. Given today's wispy wind conditions, the term 'sprint' is a stretch, but there was no denying that both teams put their best efforts forward in this final race.

The starting gun sounded and Aleh and Price pounced, taking an early lead and commanding the fleet around the buoys, never once relinquishing the pole position. By the top of the first windward leg, the Kiwi ladies had established a lead of thirteen seconds over the Italian-fagged team of Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol; Mills and Clark rounded in the penultimate position, some one minute and thirteen seconds astern of the Kiwis. (Sadly for us Seppos, Americans Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan, who have historically struggled in light air, rounded last—a position they held until they crossed the finishing line.)


Mills and Clark took Silver in the Women’s 470 class at the London Olympics 2012 -  Thom Touw_©  


Noticing that the breeze was rapidly dwindling, the RC wisely shortened the course, guaranteeing a complete medal race but seriously truncating Mills’ and Clark’s runway of opportunity. At the top of the second beat, the Kiwis found themselves ahead of the Italians by 21 seconds and two minutes and twenty-nine seconds ahead of their British rivals. The Kiwis sailed a smart downhill leg, earning both the bullet and their first Olympic Gold. Conti and Micol finished 41 seconds later—a strong finish, but not enough to bolster their event results higher than seventh in class.

Mills and Clark maintained their penultimate position in the light-air dinghy parade, cementing their Silver medal but certainly not ending their Games on the golden note that they had been seeking. The Dutch team of Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout sealed-up Olympic Bronze by finishing their medal race in sixth place, thus rounding-out the Women’s 470 podium.


Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) took Bronze in the Women’s 470 class at the London Olympics 2012 -  Thom Touw_©  


Please stay tuned for more news from the Women’s 470 class, including quotes from the medal winners and plenty of racecourse images from today’s medal-race contest.


by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=100845

12:48 PM Fri 10 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:

11 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Images from the NZ Womens 470 return
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Intense role for Peter Shrubb
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Images from Weymouth - The Womens 470 Medal Ceremony
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - 470 Australians on a winning streak
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Australian sailing preview for day 14
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics: New Zealand wins historic Gold Medal in Womens 470
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Clark and Lihan finish regatta
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - 470 gold for Belcher and Page
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Match Racing for Gold
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Medal haul complete for British sailors
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World













HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
















Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),




2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia














Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata by Richard Gladwell,Sail-world.com/nz,


Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20   
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature   
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat   
Emirates Team NZ: Royals duke it out on the Waitemata   
2014 Charleston Race Week - Thousands of sailors descend on Charleston   
The Congressional Cup 2014 - Williams hangs on with a classy crowd   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Notice of Race now available   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Sunshine and smiles on day 2   


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.
X6XL VIR US