Morrison and Rhodes eye 2012 gold

28 April 2012 / 17:41

British 49er sailors Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes are not only confident of securing Olympic qualification but also winning gold this summer.

The duo have sailed together since late 2001 and represented Team GB at the Beijing Games four years ago, where they finished ninth.

Morrison and Rhodes have yet to have selection confirmed for this year's Games, but the Skandia Team GBR pair are confident of success.

"It important we don't think too much about qualification," said Morrison. "It is important we keep thinking about trying to win the gold medal.

"Unlike the other guys competing for the 49er berth where it maybe different, we have been to the Olympics so I don't think either of us are particularly interested in going there for anything other than to win it.

"For the last four years we have taken a pretty big-picture view of making sure we improve ourselves and that we are the best we can be. Sailing is a different sport to others, where they can put in place a trials process or selection process that is closer to the Games because it is so much about your body, your physique and the shape you're in there and then.

"There is no point being selected after Hyeres or Sail For Gold, turning around and saying: 'brilliant, I've been selected. I've got a new tracksuit'. I think you have got to look at the bigger picture."

Speaking on behalf of investment specialists Skandia, who sponsor the British sailing team, Rhodes echoed the helmsman's comments, adding: "We feel we are good enough to win a gold medal with how we are sailing right now, but come the Olympics everybody is going to step up their game.

"It would be an amazing experience to compete at home but for us it more than just racing the waters and getting the T-shirt. It is all about the end result."

This week the pair were racing at the French World Cup regatta, although they were left frustrated by a wind-disrupted event in Hyeres. The duo were denied the chance to improve on their fourth-place standing and impress the selectors after racing in their class was called off for the second successive day.