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Irish sailing finish Race 12 in first place but just fall short of medal final spot

Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are in 13th place overall in the men’s 49er class.

Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove in action in Tokyo.
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove in action in Tokyo.
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IRELAND’S SAILING PAIR Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are in 13th place overall in the men’s 49er class which will not be enough to progress to the medal race at the Olympics.

They produced a brilliant performance in the 12th race to come home in first place but they just fell short as only the top 10 boats can qualify.

There was a weather delay on the final day of fleet racing for the Irish 49er team who started off in 14th place overall.

The the duo finished Race 10 in third place which brought them up to 12th place in the overall standing, and followed that up with a 17th-place finish in the 11th race.

Speaking after the race, Dickson said:

“I’m pretty proud of the way we sailed, it’s really good to finish on a high with the last race, and pretty amazing that we got two race wins.  We’ve learned a lot from these games and we’re going to bring that forward to [Paris] 2024.” 

 

His sailing partner Waddilove added:

“Overall, it was a very positive experience and we’ve learnt plenty from this Olympic experience that we can bring forward.

“My biggest takeaway from this week is that we were very much capable of competing against these guys that have done multiple Olympics and have medals and medals under their belts and there’s no reason why we can’t get to 2024 and be medal contenders.” 

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Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud

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