YOUTH WORLDS GOLD MEDALS TO THE USA AND AUSTRALIA
Sanya, China delivered the tensest final day in the history of the Youth Sailing World Championships with eight gold medals decided on the final run to the finish line.
Sanya saved the best for the final day with gorgeous sunshine and a consistent 12 knot easterly breeze.
Australia's Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone overcame Thomas Rice and Trevor Bornarth (USA) to win gold in the Boy's 420.
Henry and Featherstone trailed the Americans by a single point ahead of the final race and had a game plan, "We knew we had to beat the Americans and come ninth or better. We knew we had to get a good result," explained Henry. But it didn't quite go by the play back as he continued, "We stuffed up the start. We were jammed inbetween the start boat and the French and then we couldn't go anywhere so we hit them. We had to do two penalty spins.
"But we stuck to our plan and came back from there. It worked well in the end."
The Australians came through in third with the Americans behind in 11th which gave them silver.
"We're pretty stoked, that's for sure," expressed Featherstone. "The feelings haven't really kicked in. We were talking on the water, thinking we're number one and were imagining looking out at everyone on the podium and their faces. That's when the butterflies started to come in.
"The Youth Worlds is the biggest stepping place."
Ido Bilik and Noam Homri (ISR) completed the podium.
420 Boys - Final Top 10
1. Otto Henry/Rome Featherstone (AUS) - 37 pts
2. Thomas Rice/Trevor Bornarth (USA) - 43 pts
3. Ido BILIK/Noam Homri (ISR) - 46 pts
4. Enzo Balanger/Gaultier Tallieu (FRA) - 47 pts
5. Rasim Yasar/AtiL Api (TUR) - 66 pts
6. Yannis Saje/Lukas Haberl (AUT) - 74 pts
7. Nicolas Radovitzky/Martin Radovitzky (URU) - 74 pts
8. Ramiro Cosentino/Agustin Frers De Anchorena (ARG) - 74 pts
9. Seweryn Wysokinski/Mateusz Jankowski (POL) - 75 pts
10. Edoardo Ferraro/Francesco Orlando (ITA) - 84 pts
American twin sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles claimed a stylish gold medal in the Girl's 420 with a race win. They finished 26-points ahead of Violette Dorange and Camille Orion (FRA) and Arianna Passamonti and Giulia Fava (ITA) who completed the podium.
"Right now we're trying to digest it," said the sisters in unison. "It's still sinking in. We're going to tell our mother and sister, they've been following it from afar, even though it's midnight there. They're probably really excited right now."
420 Girls - Final Top 10
1. Carmen Cowles/Emma Cowles (USA) - 13 pts
2. Violette Dorange/Camille Orion (FRA) - 39 pts
3. Arianna Passamonti/Giulia Fava (ITA) - 40 pts
4. Linoy Korn/Yael Steigman (ISR) - 41 pts
5. Hatty Morsley/Pippa Cropley (GBR) - 46 pts
6. Georgia Lewin-LaFrance/Madeline Gillis (CAN) - 67 pts
7. Maria Clara Vignati Garona/Emiliana Lopez (ARG) - 70 pts
8. Sol¨¨ne Mariani/Maude Schmid (SUI) - 75 pts
9. Giulietta Lang/Tess Provenzal Kok (ESP) - 80 pts
10. Olivia Belda/Marina Arndt (BRA) - 85 pts
All of the sailors' will be celebrated at the closing ceremony this evening with the winners receiving World Sailing medals and perpetual trophies.
The following nations are competing in the 420 Girls and 420 Boys events:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, USA and US Virgin Islands.
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