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Tunnicliffe sails to Laser gold

Anna Tunnicliffe
British-born Tunnicliffe came back from ninth to take gold

American Anna Tunnicliffe won sailing gold with 37 points after the 10 races of the women's Laser Radial class.

British-born Tunnicliffe, originally from Doncaster, was ninth midway through the race, but came back to take second in the race and first overall.

Lithuania's Gintare Volungeviciute took silver, while bronze went to China's Xu Lijia.

Britain's Penny Clark finished in 10th place overall in the standings, after coming seventh in Qingdao.

Tunnicliffe moved to the US when she was aged 12.

The 25-year-old was struggling in the medal race until she benefited from a large wind shift that propelled her from ninth to third.

"It was a little too exciting," she said. "I had a really bad start. It was very hard to focus when my competitors were gaining points on me."

"I saw this big left puff, and I went like 'here goes'. I had to. I mean I was guaranteed a medal, and that meant a lot, so it was a risk worth taking," she said.

"I went left and moved to the front of the fleet."

She went on to sail in second behind Volungeviciute and finish in the top spot overall by five points.

Xu - one of two strong Chinese sailing medal hopes, along with windsurfer Yin Jian - benefited from the vocal home support on the main breakwater at the Olympic Sailing Centre to finish third, both on the day and overall.

China have never won Olympic sailing gold, although Yin has an opportunity to end that run on Wednesday when she takes a five-point lead into the medal race.




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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
BBC Olympics blog
15 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics


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