Saturday, 16 August 2008

Medal Races: Puff Needed in Qingdao! Medals in Rowing for the Black Boats

The waiting game in Qingdao: easier for the German Team mascot than human sailors! Image copyright Juerg Kaufmann, Go4Image

SailRaceWin is grateful to Juerg Kaufmann and Go4Image for exclusive provision of images of the 2008 Olympic Sailing Regatta.
by SailRaceWin

Day Eight saw the Finn and Yngling medal races in Qingdao abandoned as the breeze died out.

In the Finn race, Britain's Ben Ainslie took second placed American Zach Railey out to one side of the race course. Had the placings at the last windward mark counted, Railey would have dropped from his silver medal position to out of any medal at the end of the double-point scoring medal race, with Ainslie taking Gold.

It was noticeable from the TV footage that Ainslie sailed over a raft of weed as he rounded the top mark in the, subsequently abandoned, race today.

The Finn and Yngling medal races are now scheduled for Sunday, 17th August 2008.

A full report of the day's sailing, from Jodie Bakewell-White, will follow in a posting above.


Meanwhile, over at the Shunyi rowing park, New Zealand's rowers have been doing the country proud. Twins Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell won Gold in the double sculls. There were also two bronze medals: Mahe Drysdale in the single sculls, and Nathan Twaddle and George Bridgewater in the men's pair.

There was disappointment for ace rower cum Team New Zealand grinder, and 2000 Olympic Gold medallist, Rob Waddell. Waddell, with Nathan Cohen, just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in the men's double sculls.

2008 Olympic Results from Beijing

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