Spain defeated Australia in the final of the women’s Elliott 6m to win gold in the final sailing race at Weymouth and Portland.
Tamara Echegoyen Dominguez, Sofia Toro Prieto Puga and Angela Pumariega Menendez took the fifth and decisive match race.
The Australian trio of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty took the silver.
The Elliott is a match-race competition, so boats race against each other in pairs, starting with a round-robin competition and whittling the field to the final four boats. The first boat to take three races in a match wins.
Earlier Saturday, Finland defeated Russia, 3-1, for the bronze.
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Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie of New Zealand won Friday’s medals race, helping them take the gold medal in the women’s 470 at Weymouth and Portland.
Aleh and Powrie won the cumulative points race by 16 over Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark of Britain, who got the silver despite a ninth-place finish Friday.
Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout of the Netherlands took the bronze.
Americans Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan finished ninth overall.
Competitors in the 470 sailed in 10 races, accumulating points for each finish. The worst finish was thrown out and then total used to determine the top 10 pairs, who competed in one medal race. Points from that race were doubled, added to the points from the previous races, and the winner determined.
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Light winds at Weymouth and Portland forced the postponement of the men’s 470 medal race and the cancellation of the Elliott 6m women’s match racing for fifth to eighth places.
The men’s 470 will be held Friday (7 a.m. ET); the women’s 470 medal race is scheduled one hour later, although light winds are forecast again.
The women’s Elliott placement races will not be rescheduled.
After failing to win a single medal — its worst performance since 1936 — U.S. sailing officials are promising an extensive review of their program. Via the Associated Press:
“I was a little surprised, and, like all American sailors, disappointed,” [U.S. Sailing President Gary] Jobson said. “The question for me is, what do we do about it? I can’t predict how the review will go, but I can tell you it’s going to be thorough. This isn’t going to stand long-term.”
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Light winds at Weymouth and Portland Thursday postponed the men’s 470 medal race and the Elliott 6m women’s match racing for fifth to eighth places.
Forecasters have been predicting winds below five knots. However, the light southeast winds have been variable, so racing could start later in the day if on-the-water officials feel it is possible.
Any decision to cancel the day’s races would be made late in the afternoon.
The men’s 470 could held Friday. If the women’s Elliott 6m for fifth to eighth places is canceled, it would not be rescheduled.
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The Australian pair of Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen won the gold medal in the 49er Wednesday at Weymouth and Porland, handily winning the fleet race by 24 points.
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand took silver and Allan Norregaard and Peter Lang of Denmark won the bronze.
Competitors in the 49er sailed in 15 races, accumulating points for each finish. The worst finish of the 15 was thrown out and then the remaining total was used to determine the top 10 sailors, who competed in one medal race. Points from that race were doubled, added to the points from the previous races, and the winner determined.
Marina Alabau Neira of Spain won the medal race and the gold in the RS-X Tuesday at Weymouth and Portland.
Alabau Neira’s net of 26 was 20 points better than her nearest competitor.
Tuuli Petaja of Finland was fourth in the medal race but that was enough for the silver medal. Petaja had a net total of 46, just one fewer than Zofia Noceti-Klepacka of Poland, who won the bronze.
Competitors in the RS-X sail in 10 races, accumulating points for each finish. The worst finish of the 10 is thrown out and then total is used to determine the top 10 sailors, who compete in one medal race. Points from that race are doubled, added to the points from the previous races, and the winner determined.