Battling Shaw misses out on medal
August 7, 2012 15:14 pm
British sailor Bryony Shaw narrowly missed out on a medal in the women's RS:X class despite a valiant last push.
The 29-year-old took bronze in China four years ago but was unable to repeat the feat on home waters after failing to claw her way back into contention.
Shaw came into the medal race 11 points off the bronze and silver medal positions, sitting in seventh overall - a position she ended up in after finishing fifth in the medal race as Spain's Marina Alabau secured gold with victory on the Nothe Course.
Shaw came into Tuesday afternoon's race knowing she faced a tough fight to get into medal contention, but started excellently and rounded the first mark in second place.
Ukraine's Olha Maslivets fended off the Briton's attention to keep her lead around the second mark, but the home favourite was looking impressive.
Shaw held onto second place until the fourth mark, when she slipped to third and then fourth around the following one.
Unfortunately, that slide continued as she fell to fifth around the penultimate mark, allowing Poland's Zofia Noceti-Klepacka and Tuuli Petaja of Finland through to extinguish her already feint medal hopes.
Shaw finished the medal race fifth to leave her seventh overall, with Alabau, Petaja and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka taking the gold, silver and bronze in what is slated to the be the last women's RS:X race at the Olympics, with the sport dropped in favour of kiteboarding for 2016.
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