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Shaw secures windsurfing bronze

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Windsurfer Bryony Shaw broke down in tears after clinching a bronze medal for Great Britain on Wednesday.

The Olympic debutant was third going into the RS:X medal race but was unable to improve as she took Britain's fifth sailing medal of the Games.

Chinese sailor Yin Jian took gold ahead of Italy's Alessandra Sensini.

"I'm so happy. It was such a hard race and a hard week," said Shaw, whose display gave Britain their first-ever medal in the women's windsurfing event.

Shaw, 25, began the medal race in third place with 41 points, eight behind Yin and three adrift of Sensini.

After a general recall, she got off to a good start second time around and led briefly before reaching the first mark in second place, 11 seconds behind Spain's Marina Alabau.

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Shaw remained in second place at the second mark and took the lead at the third, although a sluggish turn allowed the Italian to move ahead as the windsurfers approached the slalom finish.

There was drama when Alabau and Shaw touched at one of the buoys, but it was the Spaniard who was penalised with a penalty turn for not giving the Briton the right of way.

Sensini pulled away on the run to the finish line but Shaw hung on for second, 15 seconds back to claim bronze.


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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
GB windsurfers set to challenge
19 Aug 08 |  Sailing
BBC Olympics blog
15 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics


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