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Last Updated: Friday, 25 January 2008, 18:27 GMT
Robertson gets chance for revenge
Shirley Robertson (centre) celebrates Olympic success in 2004
Shirley Robertson (centre) celebrates Olympic success in 2004
Shirley Robertson could gain revenge over Athens Olympic team-mates Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb at the Yngling World Championships in Miami.

The double Olympic gold medallist, now sailing with a new crew, was overlooked for Britain's team for Beijing, with Ayton and Webb selected in the Yngling.

But Ayton and Webb will also be racing in Miami, giving Robertson the chance to prove the selectors wrong.

"As a team I felt we were cut off in our prime," said Robertson.

The Scot split with Ayton and Webb - known as the "three blondes in a boat" - after winning gold in the Yngling class at the 2004 Athens Olympics to pursue her own projects and start a family.

But she launched a new Olympic campaign with Annie Lush and Lucy Macgregor in November 2006 and the trio finished third at the World Championships last July.

Ayton and Webb, along with Pippa Wilson, became world champions in Portugal and were subsequently picked as Britain's entry in the Yngling class for this summer's Beijing Games.

606: DEBATE

But the 39-year-old Robertson added: "Despite being away from the Olympic arena since last July, I still feel we have all the right ingredients to put us in a winning position at the World Championships.

"Annie and Lucy are both very talented sailors with a great future ahead of them, and we want to keep sailing as a team as we've not ruled out campaigning for the 2012 Olympics, but at the moment we're just looking forward to getting back out racing."

Robertson felt that the Great Britain selectors made the wrong decision last year.

"People always take the easy option," she said. "I was disappointed they didn't extend the trial. For us, it was just the beginning."

The 2008 Yngling World Championships take place in Miami from 8-15 February.



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