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24 February 2012, 10:03 am
Irina Konstantinova-Bontemps Set For Fourth Olympic Games
Irina Konstantinova-Bontemps At Perth 2011
Irina Konstantinova-Bontemps At Perth 2011

2012 Olympic Sailing Competition
Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain

Bulgaria's Irina Konstantinova-Bontemps has been selected to sail at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition after she was the only sailor from her nation to qualify at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.
The Bulgarian is no stranger to Olympic sailing with London 2012 set to become her fourth consecutive Olympic Games, and Bontemps has her aims firmly set, "I want to get to where I could not get at the 2008 Olympic Games, the top ten sailors and the Medal Race as I finished 12th in 2008."

At Sydney 2000 Bontemps finished 24th in the Mistral, at Athens 2004 she improved her position coming 19th and at Beijing 2008 she narrowly missed out on the Medal Race by four points and finished in 12th place.

With a wealth of Olympic experience Bontemps passion remains as strong as ever, "I love the feeling to be on the startling line, with all the girls and ready to compete. I like the four years preparation, from building the project to being good at the right time."

Bontemps will be competing at the RS:X Europeans, RS:X Worlds, the fourth ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta Semaine Olympique Francaise and the penultimate regatta Skandia Sail for Gold at the Olympic venue. Using these key regattas as preparation will be vital for Bontemps to ensure she hits her peak at the right time.

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