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30 July 2012, 06:48 pm
British Olympic Champions Claim Star Lead
Percy and Simpson take top spot
Percy and Simpson take top spot

London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition
Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain

Great Britain's Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR), the 2008 Star Olympic champions, clawed themselves into the overall lead after, pushing Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) into fourth.
Lying in fourth place after two races on Sunday, Norway's Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen came out strongly in the third race of the Star class opening series, leading from the start until the final leg when they were given an instant penalty by the on-the-water umpires for propelling their boat illegally by trimming their sails. The Danes had to carry out two 360-degree turns, which allowed Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner (NZL) through to win and Percy and Simpson to catch up to within one second at the finish.

In the second race, sailed in up to 19 knots of wind, Swedish crew Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen took the lead on the first downwind leg of the course to lead at the leeward marks from Brazil and Great Britain. Despite constant pressure from Percy and Simpson, the Swedes held their nerve to win by 30 seconds.

A fourth for Melleby and Morland Pedersen (NOR) moves them into second place, tied with the British crew on points after four races. Loof and Salminen lie in third, one point behind. The Star world champions Scheidt and Prada (BRA) lie in fourth, two points off the lead.

Stars resume racing tomorrow at 12:10 local time on the Weymouth Bay South course.

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