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Brits target bronze

August 8, 2012 08:33 am

Great Britain's Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes believe they have a "fantastic opportunity" to claim bronze in the 49er class today.

The Exmouth duo have had an indifferent regatta and come into the medal race in fifth place, six points behind Denmark's Allan Norregaard and Peter Lang in bronze medal position - the only podium position yet to be decided.

Australia's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have mathematically secured 49er gold, while New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are assured of silver.

The teams have only got to turn up to compete in the medal race - even if they finish last - to clinch the victory, leaving Morrison and Rhodes to go for bronze on the Nothe Course.

"We have still got a pretty good chance of going out there and doing well," Morrison said.

"We came to this event to win the gold medal and that is no longer possible, so that's disappointing.

"Nathan and Iain thoroughly deserve it, they have sailed fantastically.

"Apart from the Aussies, everyone has had mixed results. It's a very high standard of fleet and the courses have been throwing up some very shifty conditions."

He added: "We have now got a fantastic opportunity to go out there in the medal race and put in a great performance.

"Given how random that course is we should go in with a good chance of winning a bronze medal."

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