Sailing wrap: Seaton and McGovern bow out as Murphy comes so close

The 49er duo needed a top ten finish in their final race to make the medal race but were unsuccessful.

Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern are heading home.
Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern are heading home.
Image: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

RYAN SEATON AND Matt McGovern sailed in their final race of London 2012 after they failed to crack the top 10.

The 49er pair were one place out of the leading teams going into Race 15 but could not get a good run together and ended up 14th overall.

Earlier in the day, Race 14 got off to a bad start with the duo crossing the start line early; resulting in immediate disqualification. Luckily for them, the entire race was abandoned moments later due to the shifting winds, meaning their disqualification was void.

The race was rescheduled but they could only finish in 16th, which saw them drop a place in the overall standings. The same result followed in Race 15 and they slipped further back.

Irish Sailing Association performance director, James O’Callaghan has been with the Irish squad at Weymouth and Portland all week.

“Ryan and Matt have worked so hard to get here and they will understandably be disappointed with narrowly missing out on the medal race,” he said. “But they’ll be able to put everything they learned here in to their 2016 campaign” remarked O’Callaghan.”

Sailing star

Speaking about the fourth placed placing of Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial, O’Callaghan said: “We are hugely proud of Annalise and her performance at the Games.

“Her target for her first Olympics was to make the medal race but she came out fighting with 4 race wins at the beginning of the week and heart-breaking for the final medal positions to be decided in one race when she fought so hard for the week.

However she should be extremely proud of the hard work and commitment that she gave this campaign and acknowledge that she has achieved the best Olympic sailing result in 32 years. Without a doubt she will be back for 2016.

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She is such a great ambassador for our sport and an inspiration to young Irish sailors particularly the girls”.

Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan had their penultimate day of racing in the 470 class. They are in 27th overall but will not now make it to the medal race.

O’Callaghan commented, “This has been a fantastic experience for Scott. He has come to the Games at the age of 19 and sailed with his coach and former Olympic sailor Ger.

“They achieved so much even qualifying for the Games as they only began campaigning a year ago once Scott had finished his Leaving Cert.”

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