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Australians sail into medal contention at Tokyo Olympics

by Michael Martin 31 Jul 15:10 BST 25 July - 4 August 2021

Australia's Nacra 17 team of Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin will hit tomorrow's final fleet races knowing that another set of strong results will set them up to secure their second consecutive Olympic Medal.

The Rio 2016 silver medallists have moved up to fourth place after posting three top-five results including a win in the first of their races today.

"That was potentially going to be the trickiest day of this week, so we are happy to come away with three keepers," said skipper Waterhouse. "We won the first race in really shifty conditions, and that was the one that we thought we would have to sail quite well strategically to do well in."

They now sit just one point behind the German pairing of Paul Kohlhoff and Alicia Stuhlemmer in third with the British team a further eight points ahead.

"We've still got three more races in tricky conditions, and anything can happen," continued Waterhouse. "It was nice to cross the line first and know that we were catching the fleet though. Another one or two of those tomorrow would be nice."

It was another day of light and tricky winds on the Olympic racecourse on Sagami Bay.

Australia's two skiff teams of Will and Sam Phillips (49er) and Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan (49erFX) battled hard but finished short of qualifying for their respective Medal Races on Monday.

Finn sailor Jake Lilley will look to qualify for his second consecutive Olympic Medal Race as he moves in to his final two fleet races tomorrow in ninth place.

The sailing component of the Olympic Games continues tomorrow with action in the Nacra 17 (three races), Men's and Women's 470, Finn (two races), Laser and Laser Radial (Medal Races).

Australia's Matt Wearn is assured of taking home Olympic Gold in the Laser Class, as he will head to the line with an insurmountable 22-point lead. Channel Seven will broadcast Matt's Medal Race, which is scheduled to commence at 1:30PM AEST.

Australian Sailing would like to acknowledge and thank the Australian Olympic Committee for the work done in managing the athletes and staff of the Australian Olympic Sailing Selection at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

You can follow live tracking of the races on the Australian Sailing Team website: www.australiansailingteam.com.au/olympics/live-tracking

49er (19 boats) current standings:

1st: Peter Burling & Blair Tuke (NZL) (12), 3, 7, 2, 10, 1, 3, 6, 2, 5, 2, 11 - 52 pts
2nd: Dylan Fletcher-Scott & Stuart Bithell (GBR) 2, 8, 4, 1, 12, 2, 2, (16), 3, 9, 6, 7 - 56 pts
3rd: Diego Botin & Iago Lopez Marra (ESP) 5, 1, 2, 5, 4, 10, (15), 2, 5, 4, 12, 6 - 56 pts
12th: Will Phillips & Sam Phillips (AUS) 7, 4, 1, 8, 11, 15, 16, (UFD), 18, 14, 8, 9 - 111 pts

49erFX (21 boats) current standings:

1st: Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA) - (15), 5, 1, 10, 7, 6, 1, 6, 10, 12, 2, 10 - 70 pts

2nd: Annemiek Bekkering & Annette Duetz (NED) (13), 8, 2, 1, 6, 1, 12, 5, 6, 5, 12, (16) - 71 pts
3rd: Tina Lutz & Susann Beucke (GER) 5, 6, 8, 3, (13), 12, 11, 12, 3, 7, 3, 3 - 73 pts
13th: Tess Lloyd & Jaime Ryan (AUS) 9, 11, 7, 9, 11, 10, 15, 10, (19), 11, 8, 8 - 128 pts

Finn (19 boats) current standings:

1st: Giles Scott (GBR) (9), 9, 1, 1, 1, 1, 6, 1 - 20 pts
2nd: Joan Cardona (ESP) 3, 3, 5, 3, 2, 3, (13), 7 - 20 pts
3rd: Zsombor Berecz (HUN) 2, 2, (9), 4, 6, 7, 3, 5 - 29 pts
8th: Jake Lilley (AUS) 10, 8, 4, 11, 7, 9, (15), 6 - 55 pts

Laser (35 boats) current standings:

1st: Matt Wearn (AUS) 17, (28), 2, 4, 2, 2, 1, 1, 12, 8 - 49 pts
2nd: Hermann Tomasgaard (NOR) 3, (18), 15, 2, 6, 8, 10, 5, (19), 4 - 71 pts
3rd: Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) 15, 6, 3, (22), 13, 4, 5, 11, 7, 10 - 74 pts

Laser Radial (44 boats) current standings:

1st: Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) 6, 5, 3, 13, 4, 4, 2, 1, 26, (DNF) - 64 pts
2nd: Marit Bouwmeester (NED) 21, 14, 7, 2, 3, 9, (BFD), 7, 1, 7 - 71 pts

3rd: Josefin Olsson (SWE) (34), 15, 8, 4, 1, 6, 4, 9, 22, 10 - 79 pts
14th: Mara Stransky (AUS) 12, 26, 19, 10, 19, 16, (BFD), 24, 3, 1 - 130 pts

Men's 470 (19 boats) current standings:

1st: Mat Belcher & Will Ryan (AUS) 2, (5), 1, 1, 4, 3 - 11 pts
2nd: Luke Patience & Chris Grube (GBR) 3, 8, 2, 4, (10), 5 - 22 pts
3rd: Paul Snow-Hansen & Dan Willcox (NZL) 6, 2, (7), 7, 5, 7 - 27 pts

Women's 470 (21 boats) current standings:

1st: Agnieszka Skrzypulec & Jolanta Ogar (POL) 1, 1, 2, 5, (12), 1 - 10 pts
2nd: Hannah Mills & Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) 4, 3, (7), 1, 3, 3 - 14 pts
3rd: Camille Lecointre & Aloise Retornaz (FRA) 3, 2, 4, 7, 1, (12) - 17 pts
15th: Nia Jerwood & Monique de Vries (AUS) 7, 12, 12, 8, 18, (19) - 57 pts

Nacra 17 (20 boats) current standings:

1st: Ruggero Tita & Caterina Banti (ITA) 1, 3, 1, 2, (5), 1, (8), 3, 2 - 18 pts
2nd: John Gimson & Anna Burnet (GBR) (7), 5, 2, 1, 1, 2, 5, (10), 1 - 24 pts
3rd: Paul Kohlhoff & Alicia Stuhlemmer (GER) 5, 1, 7, 3, 3, (11), 3, 2, 8 - 32 pts
4th: Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin (AUS) 2, (11), 4, 4, 7, 8, 1, 5, 4 - 35 pts


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