Guy Bridge claims Team GB’s first Beach Games medal with kite foil bronze
World Beach Games

Guy Bridge claims Team GB’s first Beach Games medal with kite foil bronze

16 October 2019 / 20:32
Guy Bridge's kite foil bronze made history today as Team GB's first ever World Beach Games medal.

 

Bridge had to finish top of his semi-final heat to progress to the medal race and after finishing behind the Frenchman Theo de Ramecourt in the first race Bridge needed to win the second and final race to progress into the final.

It was a close fought semi-final in Doha but, with Bridge in the lead, Ramecourt made an slight error and allowed the Exmouth athlete to pass.

With small field in the final, racing was extremely tight and in the end Florian Gruber from Germany proved too strong for the field and won the gold medal in just two races, with Bridge securing the bronze medal.

Speaking after the race Bridge, whose event comes into the Olympic programme for Paris 2024, said: “I didn’t realise I had won the first Team GB medal of the World Beach Games, so that is great. It has been a hard couple of days, but it is great to come away with a medal.

“I always knew today would be quite difficult because I had Theo in my semi-final and I knew it would be tough to beat him to get into the final.

“After that semi felt like there wasn’t much pressure on me going into the final. I was underdog going in because to win the gold medal I would have to win all three races.

“Paris [2024] is still a long way off, but it would be pretty cool to go. Kite foiling is a great sport for spectators, especially when the racing is all really close like it was today. The foils, the speed, it is just a great sport to watch.”