Nick Dempsey guarantees silver in men's RS:X
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Nick Dempsey guarantees silver in men's RS:X

12 August 2016 / 22:39

Nick Dempsey guaranteed himself a second consecutive Olympic silver medal on a disrupted day of sailing at the Marina Da Gloria.

While many of the classes only managed one or two races after a late start, the men’s and women’s RS:X competitions approached their conclusion with races 10, 11 and 12.

Lying second at the start of the day, Dempsey finished fifth, seventh and eighth respectively in the three races, meaning he can only place second overall after Sunday’s medal race.

And while he couldn’t hide his disappointment at finishing second to the Netherlands’ Dorian Van Russelberghe for the second straight Games, Dempsey insisted he was proud of his progress over the past 12 months.

“It’s been a good day and I was consistent but it was consistently not quite good enough,” said the Weymouth sailor, who turns 36 on Saturday.

“Today I had to really try and stay in touch with Dorian and also I’d be lying if I said I didn’t also have an eye on the two people behind me.

“But Dorian was too good today. He won it rather than me losing it. And I feel very happy to have won a silver medal.

“It’s cool to be back on the Olympic podium. I think a year out at the test event last year I wasn’t anywhere near the podium and I knew I had a lot of work to do so the last 12 months have gone really well and I’ve worked bloody hard so it’s nice to come here and give myself a chance of winning."
Team GB windsurfer Bryony Shaw competing at Rio 2016

Bryony Shaw continued her excellent finish to the women’s RS:X with three fourth places.

The 33-year old from Weymouth endured an inconsistent start to the competition, but has recovered her form to finish in the top five for the last six races and will go into Sunday's medal race ranked eighth.

There were race wins for both British 470s on the day as Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills maintained their lead after five races in the women’s event, and Chris Grube and Luke Patience moved into third at the half way stage of the men’s.

Nick Thompson lies fourth with two races to go in the laser class while Alison Young’s hopes of making the medal race in the laser radial class remain alive with the Brit in ninth.

Finally, the 49ers kicked off their campaigns with their first two races.

In the 49 FX class, Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth finished second in their first race and lie seventh overall. Men’s 49ers Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign are in 10th after their openers.

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