During the Medal Race, AYTON, WEBB and WILSON merely have to compete to collect their gold medals and the championship trophy, the Linge Cup named after the Yngling designer Jan Herman LINGE.
Although the British trio have undoubtedly been the form team on the Yngling circuit over the past 12 months, their size of their winning margin comes as somewhat of a surprise. At the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR, sailed on the same waters as the Worlds two weeks ago, the Brits started well but were inconsistent and finished a rather disappointing fifth overall.
"Going into the OCR we hadn't really raced since China, as we'd been working on a lot of equipment stuff," explained WILSON. "We didn't finish quite where we wanted to be at that event, which meant we were even more ready for the Worlds."
The 22 year old, who joined up with Athens gold medallists AYTON and WEBB towards the end of 2006, said the team's experience was a big factor in their victory.
"In the past we've been in the same position, but have made a few mistakes. This time, I think our experience helped pull us through.
"We just sailed really consistently throughout the week - we had some pretty tricky conditions and some big breezes and so our teamwork has really shone through," said WILSON.
Battle For Medals
Behind them the battle for the silver and bronze medals is much tighter. The surprise package of this year's Worlds, Australia's Krystal WEIR, Karyn GOJNICH and Angela FARRELL currently lie second overall, five points ahead of Ulrike SCHUEMANN, Julia BLECK and Ute HOEPFNER (GER). Home favourites Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI (USA) are ten points behind the Germans in fourth.
The fight for the final four berths at the Olympics went on further down the fleet. After the three races of today the four top nations, not already qualified are, in ranking order: Norway, France, Greece and Italy.
The best performance in Thursday's three races came from the French crew of Anne LE HELLEY, Catherine LEPESANT and Julie GERECHT. With two wins and a fourth today the team showed their strength in lighter conditions.
For the nations eliminated from a berth in the Olympic Games this was the last race day of a very long campaign. Emotions were displayed and it's a sad fact that some very good sailors will now rethink their sailing career. All teams ending their campaign should be recognized for the effort made and for the many years of total devotion to our sport.
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