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470 Women win Gold at Olympic Sailing Test Event
The 470 Women brought home Australia's second Gold Medal of the day, although they had a nervous wait as they brought their boat back up the ramp to hear how the points had settled and exactly which part of the podium they would be standing on.
Australian Sailing Team (AST) members, Elise Rechichi & Tessa Parkinson have won Gold at the Olympic Sailing Test Event in the 470 Women class.
photo Rob Brown
Japan came second and France came third.
AST Head Coach Viktor Kovalenko delivered the news of Gold to an excited team who had earlier experienced some troubles getting started for the race. The pair had to pull out of this same regatta last year when Elise Rechichi contracted a stomach bug which took her three months to recover from.
"We were very determined after everything we've been through and we are just thrilled with our performance today, placing third in the race to get the win overall and a Gold Medal," said Tessa Parkinson.
By mid afternoon the medals were coming thick and fast, with Jessica Crisp taking Bronze in the Women's RS:X (windsurfer) event, followed by a Silver in the Tornado class.
Jessica Crisp/photo Rob Brown
Yachting Australia CEO Phil Jones said the results reflect the progress made in implementing Australian Olympic Sailing Program plans towards 2008 and beyond.
"These results are a good indicator of our standing a year before the Olympic Games and that plans are on track," said Jones
"The team should be congratulated on its performance but we still have a lot more work to do before 2008.
"We have a successful combination of talented athletes and hard working managers and coaches.
"By next year, no stone will have been left unturned in our quest for Olympic glory."
Australia still have medal chances in the final races of the regatta tomorrow - Yngling team of Nicky Bethwaite, Karyn Gojnich and Angela Farrell stand at sixth overall.
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Michael Bradley Photography