Australia are coming on strong, and threaten to topple the mighty Team GB from their perch as the pre-eminent sailing team in the world. Tom Slingsby wrapped up Australia’s first gold of the regatta, but his mates in the 49er Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby sealed 49er gold with a Medal Race to spare, as did the Kiwis for silver.
© Dan Sheridan/ Inpho: Annalise Murphy
Annalise Murphy's silver medal in the Laser Radial is Ireland's first Olympic medal in 36 years. It's a massive deal for Murphy, who agonisingly missed out four years ago, coming fourth at London 2012. Listen to Sailjuice's exclusive interview, and the person who Annalise singles out for special mention....
With Andy gone AWOL to the Olympic Park in London for a day, Justin has to update him on two days of drama back in Weymouth. Much to discuss - capsizing in the 49er, Irish domination in the Radial, Cypriot success in the Laser, and the underdog Ben Ainslie. Underdog???!
If you paid attention to the Laser Radial medal race at the Olympics in August, you’ll know that four sailors went into the deciding race effectively on equal points. Whoever beat who in the race would determine which of the four would take gold, silver and bronze - and which of the four would end up with nothing. It looked set to be a humdinger of a finale, and it didn’t disappoint. With multiple place changes throughout the 30-minute race, this race had everything, exactly what the architects of the medal race must have had in mind. For China’s Xu Lijia (and her British coach, none other than Y&Y contributor Jon Emmett), it was tears of joy. For Ireland’s Annalise Murphy in 4th place, it was tears of anguish.
Lily Xu and her coach Jon Emmett relive the drama of the 4-way fight for three Olympic medals at the London 2012 Games. Jon even gets a bit emotional watching it all over again...
Olympic gold medallist in the Laser Radial at London 2012, Chinese superstar Lily Xu and her coach Jon Emmett talk through the processes, the ups and downs, the struggles and the eventual triumph that led to victory in a four-way fight for the medals in Weymouth.
Audio (4:30 min) and text interview: 2008 Olympic Champion Anna Tunnicliffe was smaller and lighter than most of her competitors in the Laser Radial Olympic fleet, but she makes up for lack of stature with phenomenal fitness. Here she talks about some of her on-the-water training drills, including the Pyramid of Pain (our words, not hers, but once you've heard it you might agree)...
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