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GB windsurfers set to challenge

Nick Dempsey
Dempsey goes into the medal race with a lively chance of gold

Windsurfers Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw put Britain's sailing team into contention for more success going into Wednesday's RS:X medal races.

Athens bronze medallist Dempsey, 27, placed fifth in race 10 on Tuesday to remain second in the standings.

Shaw, 25, came second in her final opening-series race on Tuesday and is third overall in Qingdao.

British Star sailors Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson remain second overall after their races were abandoned.

Dempsey has 46 points, one behind leader Julien Bontemps of France and level with Tom Ashley of New Zealand, while Shaw is on 41, eight points behind leader Yin Jian of China and three behind 38-year-old Italian Alessandra Sensini.

Finishing positions are translated into points but are doubled in the medal race. The sailor with the lowest points tally wins.

"Second in the race today and third overall - I'm very happy with that going into the medal race," said Shaw, who won last year's Olympic test event in Qingdao.


"It's all to play for. I've got the gold medal in my sights and I've got great momentum going into this race.

"I'm the one coming up from behind and the other girls are the ones looking back over their shoulders. I hope to maintain that, go in with a positive tomorrow and see how it goes.

"It's very, very close and it's all about believing in yourself and your own chances and really giving it your best shot."

Simpson and Percy, a gold medallist in the Finn class in Sydney, are three points behind the Swedish team of Fredrik Loof and Anders Ekstrom and six clear of the French pair of Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau.

The Star medal race is scheduled for Thursday 21 August.

In the remaining class still to finish, the twin-hulled Tornado, Britain's Leigh McMillan and Will Howden are 11th in the standings with up to three races left.

The Spanish team of Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz and Australian duo Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby are locked in the lead on 20 points with Greece's Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis 12 points adrift in third.

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