GB duo going for sailing gold

08 August 2012 / 19:03

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are virtually assured of a silver medal in the 470 sailing class at London 2012, but it is a gold medal - and a golden postbox - that remains the aim.

The British pair have made remarkable progress since teaming up early last year and are guaranteed to win a medal due to their points tally after the opening 10-race series.

They are assured of silver as long as they are not disqualified or black flagged in Friday's medal race, which they enter level at the top of the standings alongside New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie.

If they finish the race ahead of the Kiwis, Clark and Mills will take gold and, furthermore, the Royal Mail will paint a post box the same colour in each of their home towns.

"Everyone wants a gold post box," Mills said. "Seriously, though, I don't really know what to feel at the moment.

"I am just a bit stunned, to be honest. It kind of hasn't sunk in at all, although that is probably a good thing.

"I don't really want anything to sink in until Friday's over but it is just wicked. We have had such a great week. It has been really stressful but our teamwork has always been great and we really pulled together.

"We came here to win and we came in wanting to head into the medal race with a good chance of winning. We've done that so we just have to finish it off."

Their gold medal prospects had not looked quite so good earlier on Wednesday afternoon as the Kiwis opened up a dominant-looking eight-point lead after race nine.

However, Aleh and Powrie, by their own admission, had a "nightmare" final fleet race and sailed home 18th way behind the British pair, who finished second to level things at the top.