Team GB also guaranteed bronze in SKUD18 class with a strong chance of a medal in the Sonar
Team GB are guaranteed to win at least two Paralympic medals in Weymouth tomorrow. Helena Lucas is guaranteed at least a silver medal in the 2.4mR class, with the SKUD team guaranteed bronze. The Sonar team stands in strong contention to win a bronze medal.
Lucas is Team GB’s strongest medal hope in the Paralympic sailing; she looks set to win a gold medal in the 2.4mR class.
The Portland-based sailor, who is the only woman in the fleet, is currently in first place after finishing 10 of the 11 Paralympic races. She enters Thursday’s medal race with nine points over her closest rival, Germany’s Heiko Kroger.
Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell are now guaranteed a bronze medal after securing a third place in the SKUD18 class. The two-person keelboat team enters tomorrow’s medal race with a good chance of upgrading their bronze; Rickham and Birrell are just one point away from second and four from first place.
John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas insisted yesterday that the Sonar class medals were still anybody’s game. Today the three-person keelboat team battled their way into third place, securing a decent chance of winning a medal. With just two points separating the teams between second and fifth place, the Sonar medal race could be the most exciting of the day.
These will be the first medals Britain has won since sailing was included in the Paralympic Games.