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  • Home >  2016 Olympics >  News

    Meech eyes Laser gold at World Cup regatta

    Olympic bronze medallist Sam Meech is leading the Laser fleet going into the medal race at the World Cup regatta in Gamagori, Japan.

    22 October 2017

    Sam Meech is in pole position going into the final Laser fleet medal race at the sailing World Cup regatta in Japan.

    The Olympic bronze medallist leads world champion Pavlos Kontides of Cyprus by just three points, with Britain's Lorenzo Brando Chiavarini another 24 points behind in third.

    Meech is the best-placed of the eight Kiwi crews at the first World Cup regatta of the 2018 season, with seven having already guaranteed themselves top-10 finishes.

    The 26-year-old has done well to consistently bank low scores when many of his rivals in the high-quality field stacked with world, Olympic and European champions have not been so fortunate.

    "I am guaranteed a silver which is really, really cool, so it gives me a chance to really have a go to try to take the win," he said.

    "It's pretty close between me and Pavlos so I'm really looking forward to tomorrow. It should be a good challenge."

    Compatriots Isaac McHardie and William McKenize have finished fifth in the 49er class, closely followed by Josh Porebski and Trent Rippey (sixth) and Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn (seventh).

    Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox are still in with an outside chance of picking up a medal in the men's 470, but will need to make up lost ground after finishing 14th in Saturday's only race and slipping from second to sixth.

    It's been a demanding week in Gamagori, with constant rain and light winds making for difficult racing.

    Typhoon Lan is due to hit Japan on Sunday evening and torrential rain is expected ahead of its arrival.


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