REFILE-Olympics-Sailing-New Zealand duo shrug off DQ to lead in 470

viernes 12 de agosto de 2016 01:17 GYT
 

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By Jeb Blount

RIO DE JANEIRO Aug 11 (Reuters) - New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie shrugged off a Wednesday disqualification to reclaim dominance of the women's 470 class on Thursday as Olympic sailing moved from fluky Guanabara Bay into the gruelling open ocean.

In strong 25-knot winds with waves "as big as houses" generating a tricky chop, the defending gold medallists finished fourth and first in their two "Niteroi" course races to take the overall lead.

"I think that is one of the craziest days we've been out in the 470," helmswoman Aleh said. "The waves were epic."

The New Zealanders, who are also world champions, stand in first place with six points, after benefiting from a slice of good fortune.

Britain's Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, winners of the first test, had battled into second on the last leg of the second race before they capsized, and the New Zealand duo passed them to win.

"It was really windy with really big waves, a slight second of looking at someone else and mistiming the wave was enough to tip us in," British skipper Mills, soaked by Southern Hemisphere winter waters, said as she shivered while talking to reporters.

With four of 10 preliminary races now complete, the discard rule let New Zealanders toss aside their disqualification from the previous day, equal to a last plus one, or 21st place.   Continuación...