Percy and Simpson increase lead at the top
British sailors enjoyed another mixed day on the third day of Olympic sailing.
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson consolidated their position at the top of the Star leaderboard with first and second-place finishes that leave them four points clear of nearest rivals, Brazilian duo Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, who matched the Britons’ results.
Alison Young (pictured) leapt from ninth to fourth overall in the Laser Radial with two second places.
Ireland’s Annalise Murphy continued her phenomenal start to the regatta by winning both races, just as she did on Monday.
Ben Ainslie moved into second place in the Finn from an overnight third, but lost further ground on the leader, Denmark’s Jonas Hogh-Christensen.
Ainslie finished fourth and third in the fifth and sixth races of his regatta, but Hogh-Christensen finished first and second to move 10 points clear of the triple gold-medallist with five races remaining.
Britain’s 49er pairing of Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes were enjoying a much-improved day until a late capsize significantly blotted their copybook. After posting a third in the first race, they were again riding high in race two, when the strong Weymouth breeze got too much for them.
The pair dropped to 18th in the race, leaving them in 12th place overall – exactly where they begun the second day of their regatta.
Reigning gold medallist Paul Goodison finally found his form in the Laser class with a second-place finish in the day’s second race, as Cyprus’ Pavlos Kontides won both races.
Goodison had earlier finished 16th in the third race of his regatta and his results also leave him 12th overall.
Nick Dempsey lies fourth in the men’s RS-X windsurfing class after its opening day.
Dempsey – a former bronze medallist – finished fifth and seventh in the two races, which leaves him behind Dutchman Dorain van Rijsselberge, Pole Przemyslaw Miarczynski and German Toni Wilhelm, who finished first, second and third respectively in both races.
Bryony Shaw is sixth in the women’s RS-X class after seventh and sixth place finishes on the first day of her regatta.
Picture courtesy of onEdition.