Bronze for Young completes trio of GB medals in Japan

Bronze for Young completes trio of GB medals in Japan

01 September 2019 / 11:54

Ali Young picked up a Laser Radial bronze medal to add to Britain's sailing success at the Hempel World Cup Series in Enoshima.

After the men’s and women’s 470 events, all racing was cancelled due to a lack of wind in Japan meaning the leaderboard remained unaltered from the end of fleet racing.

The double Olympian’s success came a day after British gold and silver in the 49er and Nacra 17 events respectively, leaving GB fourth in the medal table at the end of the first round of the 2020 World Cup series.

Adding her latest accolade to a bronze at the Laser Radial World Championships in Sakaiminato in July, Young was pleased to be back on the podium.

But the 32-year-old admitted she was disappointed to miss out on the chance to compete in the medal race on next year’s Olympic stage.

“It’s nice to finish off the regatta with a medal but I was looking forward to doing the medal race to gain that experience,” she said.

“It’s a bit of an anti-climax to the week in a way, but I will take the third. There have been lots of highlights to my time in Japan and I’m looking forward to seeing where I can go from here.”

Hannah Snellgrove had also qualified for the medal race in the same event and finished seventh overall.

The Laser event was also interrupted meaning Rio 2016 Olympian Nick Thompson had to settle for ninth, and the 33-year-old was frustrated he didn’t get the opportunity to climb up the ranks on the final day.

He said: “I’m a little bit disappointed we didn’t get the chance to race today. It was a bit light and tricky for racing, but it would have been nice to do some light wind racing.

“I’m semi-pleased with my regatta. I had good pace and once we got to the windward mark, I was solid, but I’m a little bit annoyed with some of my starting and first upwinds.

“All in all, it was a solid result and it was good to make the medal race.”

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