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GB sailors impress on second day

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Great Britain's Ben Rhodes and Stevie Morrison moved to top of the standings in the 49er class after three races in the Olympic sailing regatta.

The duo were fourth in the first race, third in the second and finished fifth in the final race of the day.

The 2007 world champions ended the day with 12 points, one ahead of the Italian team while Denmark were third.

Team GB maintained their overall lead in the Yngling class, while Ben Ainslie moved to second in the Finn class.

Ainslie narrowed the gap on leader Zach Railey of the US to five points after winning race four by six seconds from the American.

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The Briton finished fourth in race three and trailed the leader by 39 seconds after reaching the final mark of race four in seventh.

But an impressive final leg saw the 31-year-old claim victory, which moved him up to 16 points.

Ainslie, who is attempting to surpass Rodney Pattison as Britain's most successful Olympic sailor, was pleased with his performance.

"All things considered, it was a good set of results with a fourth and first. I had a few issues but it was pleasing to come away with two solid results," he said.

"It's difficult but in my position I just want to stay out of trouble and it almost forces you to be too cautious and you end up giving away quite a bit of distance to stay out of trouble.

"But that's the nature of the Olympic Games. As I've learned in the past, you just have to keep your nose clean and hopefully stay out of trouble. So far, I've managed to do that.

Ben Rhodes and Stevie Morrison
Rhodes and Morrison are one point ahead of the Italian team
He added: "I'm quite pleased with how things have gone so far. I'm happy being there in the hunt but there's still a long way to go yet so I've just got to keep trying hard and keep pushing."

In the Yngling class, Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson finished fourth and seventh in race three and four respectively.

The British trio made a poor start in their second race and finished nearly two minutes behind the winning Norwegian boat for their worst result so far of the regatta.

But they still managed to stretch their lead in the standings to seven points over second-placed Finland.

Wilson said: "It was a really tough day with a lot of changes happening on the course and the lead changing up and down but our processes as ever helped us during the race and at crucial times.

"As always, we kept our heads down and tried to make the best of the situation we got.

"We're going out there to enjoy the racing and so far, so good. Every day we're just concentrating on the next race and the next thing the best we can."




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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forGreat Britain 4 1 1 6
470 - Men's Two Person Dinghy 0 1 0
Finn - Heavyweight Dinghy 1 0 0
Laser - Men's One Person Dingh 1 0 0
RS:X - Women's Windsurfer 0 0 1
Star - Men's Keelboat 1 0 0
Yngling - Women's Keelboat 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forAustralia 2 1 0 3
470 - Men's Two Person Dinghy 1 0 0
470 - Women's Two Person Dingh 1 0 0
Tornado - Multihull 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forSpain 1 1 0 2
49er - Skiff 0 1 0
Tornado - Multihull 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forUSA 1 1 0 2
Finn - Heavyweight Dinghy 0 1 0
Laser Radial - Women's One Per 1 0 0
5 also show each event results forChina 1 0 1 2
Laser Radial - Women's One Per 0 0 1
RS:X - Women's Windsurfer 1 0 0
6 also show each event results forDenmark 1 0 0 1
49er - Skiff 1 0 0
7 also show each event results forNew Zealand 1 0 0 1
RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 1 0 0
8 also show each event results forNetherlands 0 2 0 2
470 - Women's Two Person Dingh 0 1 0
Yngling - Women's Keelboat 0 1 0
9 also show each event results forFrance 0 1 2 3
470 - Men's Two Person Dinghy 0 0 1
Finn - Heavyweight Dinghy 0 0 1
RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 0 1 0
10 also show each event results forBrazil 0 1 1 2
470 - Women's Two Person Dingh 0 0 1
Star - Men's Keelboat 0 1 0
11 also show each event results forItaly 0 1 1 2
Laser - Men's One Person Dingh 0 0 1
RS:X - Women's Windsurfer 0 1 0
12 also show each event results forLithuania 0 1 0 1
Laser Radial - Women's One Per 0 1 0
13 also show each event results forSlovenia 0 1 0 1
Laser - Men's One Person Dingh 0 1 0
14 also show each event results forArgentina 0 0 1 1
Tornado - Multihull 0 0 1
15 also show each event results forGermany 0 0 1 1
49er - Skiff 0 0 1
16 also show each event results forGreece 0 0 1 1
Yngling - Women's Keelboat 0 0 1
17 also show each event results forIsrael 0 0 1 1
RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 0 0 1
18 also show each event results forSweden 0 0 1 1
Star - Men's Keelboat 0 0 1

see also
Team GB photos - day two
10 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Team GB photos - day one
09 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Where Britain's medals will be won
05 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Olympics blog
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics


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