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Netball - 26. January 2012.

The Miami World Cup half way stage

Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell retain the yellow leader's jerseys heading into the final two days of racing for the SKUD Paralympic class.


Rickham and Birrell, the four-time World Champions, continued their bid for a first Miami title with 2,3 from their two races today edging them into a two point lead after their nearest rivals, Australia's Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch, could only manage two fourth places.

Elsewhere in the Paralympic classes, John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas improved one place to second overall in the Sonar class, while Megan Pascoe is poised in fourth in the 2.4mR class with teammate Helena Lucas dropping to 11th after she was adjudged to have crossed the startline early in her second race of the day.
 
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark will be looking to reclaim the top spot in the 470 women's event after a couple of tactical errors saw them lose ground to the Dutch pairing of Westerhof and Berkhout on Wednesday.  The Skandia Team GBR duo are in second overall, just one point from the overall lead, with development squad duo Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth in third.

Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor will look to come through their closely-fought women's match racing round-robin group in their remaining three matches on Thursday in order to book their berth in the quarter-finals.

They opened their day with a win over the Australian team, helmed by Olivia Price, but conceded their second match to France's Julie Bossard after a "stupid mistake" at the start.

Helm Lucy Macgregor explained:  "We were pretty disappointed with the loss really, it was a stupid mistake by me early on.  We were both over the line and I took the most ridiculous way to get back behind the line and we then ended up with quite an unattainable distance to try and catch up.

"We nearly got in there at times, but the right was so strong and they were able to just dictate the race, so Julie Bossard won that, but it was good to have got the first win of the day in before that."

"We've had a really good couple of weeks training here and the goal is to win a medal," Macgregor continued.  "We're struggling a little bit at the moment with a couple of things in the boat but nothing that can't be fixed - it's just trying to get your head around the racing here.

"Hopefully we'll have a good day tomorrow and get into the quarters and be able to start again."

Charlotte Dobson is fifth and Alison Young seventh in the Laser Radial event, while Ben Saxton-Richard Mason are eighth and Luke Patience-Stuart Bithell 14th in the 470 men's event.

The Rolex Miami OCR - the second leg of the 2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup series - runs until Saturday 28 January.
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