Mills and McIntyre sail to silver at 470 World Championships

Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre sailed to World Championship silver to get their first year of partnership off to a fine start.

The Brits have only been racing the 470 together in recent months, after Rio 2016 Olympic champion Mills missed much of the start of the year following a concussion and stomach problems.

But they enjoyed a successful debut by taking gold in the World Cup Series final, last month, and made a fine start to the World Championships in Greece, winning each of the first three races in Thessaloniki.

Their formed dipped slightly as the week wore on, but only suffered two finished outside the top ten in the 11 classification races - including another win in race nine - to head into Saturday’s medal race second overall.

At 16 points off the lead of Poland’s Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Irmina Mrozek Gliszczynska they needed a strong result and for their rivals to struggle if they were to win the gold.

And that was what happened, with the Brits finishing second and the Poles in seventh, but it was still not enough and they ended up with 48 points, six more than their rivals who hung on for gold.

Slovenia’s Tina Mrak and Veronika Macarol finished third, on 66 points, with the second British pairing of Amy Seabright and Anna Carpenter in eighth, with 95 points.

Sportsbeat 2017