Shaw gutted after missing out on windsurfing world medal

19 September 2014 / 18:34

British windsurfer Bryony Shaw was left gutted after missing out on a medal at sailing's World Championships in Santander.

Shaw, the Olympic bronze medallist in 2008, was in the podium positions during the decisive double points medal race but finally finished fifth.

"I'm pretty sad, gutted,” said Shaw, who won silver at the 2013 worlds.

“I raced really well in that race and I don't know why I haven't been racing like that all week. Just frustrating trying to find the speed and I found it but it's all a bit late and then just mistakes creeping in. Silly, amateur mistakes.

“For the first half of that race I was in it to potentially medal. Ending up fifth in this regatta - it's a fantastic fleet of girls. I gave myself a chance and unfortunately I blew it."

Defending world champion Nick Dempsey also finished fifth in the men's windsurfing but was more laid-back about the result as he builds towards a fourth Olympic appearance in Rio.

“I enjoy winning and I do want to win, but the reality is that I came here wanting to finish top five and top five is good. I reached my target and the areas I didn’t perform in are very easily sorted out, so I suppose it’s a good finish to what has been a tough week," said the Olympic silver medallist.

France took gold in both the men’s and women’s windsurfing events through Julien Bontemps and Charline Picon.

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