Olympic24: Fletcher and Sign reflect on World bronze
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Olympic24: Fletcher and Sign reflect on World bronze

16 February 2016 / 07:59

Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign reflect on 49er World Championship bronze while the action continues at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Sailors Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign earn their first World Championship podium together
  • Team GB’s curlers take unbeaten run to five games at Lillehammer 2016

World bronze for Fletcher and Sign

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Dylan Fletcher was left pinching himself in amazement as he and Alain Sign claimed bronze from the 49er World Championships in Clearwater, USA.

The world number six-ranked duo earned their first World Championship podium in style, leading the medal race on Sunday from the outset to cross the line first.

New Zealand pair Peter Burling and Blair Tuke had already secured a four World Championship gold but Fletcher and Sign's victory saw them leap up from sixth the claim third spot.

And with the result starting to sink in for the European Championships, Fletcher admitted the outcome had come as a surprise after realising that a mistake by Australian Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jenson had played into their hands.

"We actually crossed the finish line and thought we'd finished fourth as Nathan and the Austrians were the two boats just behind us," Fletcher said. 

"But as it happened Nathan was over the line which put us into a bronze medal position. We're stoked, we're really happy and can't believe it's really happened!"

Sign added: "The sea breeze came in for us which was pretty good as it made it a bit more consistent breeze.  However it was a little bit up and down.

"It was pretty close racing, the startline was really short, everyone was after each other. It was exciting 49er racing!

 "We've been working hard for the last two or three months really trying to up our sailing a little bit and it's finally come together this week."

Team GB's curlers prepare for knockouts

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Team GB’s curling skip Ross Whyte believes the team are in good shape for the mixed team knock-out stages at Lillehammer 2016 after taking their unbeaten run to five games with two wins on the last day of round robin action.

The quartet of Whyte, Amy Bryce, Callum Kinnear and Mili Smith beat Estonia 8-2 in their first match of the day before a 9-3 win over Czech Republic meant the team finished with six wins from their seven games.

A second place finish in Group B now sets up a quarter-final clash with Russia, who finished third in Group A with the same win-loss record as Team GB, yet Whyte believes the team won’t be phased by today's crunch knock-out fixture.

“To get six wins from seven is fantastic and we’d have taken that at the start of the week. I’m really pleased and we’re already thinking about the quarter-final,” said Whyte.

“We’ve watched a few ends of the other group but we’ve mainly been focusing on our matches but knock-out won’t change the way we play.” Read more here.

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