420 Boys Gold in the bag for the USA, podium battles continue for rest
here were early gold's cemented on day five of the 45th Youth Sailing World Championships in Langkawi, Malaysia as some moved to an insurmountable lead ahead of the final day.
As the sailors returned to shore, there were a couple that stepped back on to solid ground safe in the knowledge that they will be on top of the podium come the prize giving. By stretching out to leads that can not be passed, the American 420 boys pairing of Will Logue and Bram Brakman wrapped up gold.
USA's Will Logue and Bram Brakman secured the gold with consistent racing and a better day on the Langkawi water than their rivals.The USA pair took a fourth in the first race of the day and then broke their duck with a bullet in the next race. Their high finishes throughout the regatta means that their score of 16 points can not be bettered by Australia, Brazil or Ireland. Instead the three have to fight it out for silver and bronze.
Australia's Alec Brodie and Xavier Winston Smith currently hold second place on 31 points when they finished the day with a sixth and a discarded 14th.
Both Leonardo Lombardi and Rodrigo Luz (BRA) and Douglas Elmes and Colin O'Sullivan (IRL) are on 35 points. The Brazilians had a seventh and a discarded 11th on the day and the Irish pair had a fourth and seventh.
Italy's Edoardo Ferraro and Francesco Orlando took the other bullet of the day and are eighth overall on 61 points.
Two bullets lifted Poland's Julia Szmit and Hanna Dzik above Australia's Nia Jerwood and Lisa Smith in the girl's 420. With the two unable to be caught by the rest of the field, they will fight it out for gold in the final race.
The Polish pair sit on 16 points while second placed Australia are on 18 points after Jerwood and Smith could only manage a third and fifth behind the double win day from the Polish team.
While they race for gold, bronze will be contested between Spain's Maria Caba and Carla Diaz and Austria's Angelika Kohlendorfer and Viktoria Puxkandl. The Spanish pair ended the day on 33 points following a second and fourth. Austria's chances weren't helped by a 10th place finish after a good second in the first race of the day.
420 Class appointed coach Nikos Drougkas continued his daily support to teams - find out more.
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