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Spain take tornado sailing gold

Spain's Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz in action
Spain held onto their lead with a composed display

Spain's Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz mastered the awkward conditions to take gold in the Tornado sailing event.

Echavarri and Paz went into the medal race with a three-point lead and they kept their rivals at arm's length.

Australia's Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby had to settle for silver, while Argentina's Santiago Lange and Carlos Espinola claimed the bronze.

Britain's Leigh McMillan and Will Howden won the final race, but were back in sixth place overall.

The event saw the results from Wednesday's preliminary races used to decide qualification for the final medal race.

606: DEBATE

And with those results counting as part of the cumulative score, Britain's record left them too far down the standings to get into medal contention.

"Winning the medal race at the Olympics is always very nice, especially as it might be the last for the multihulls so we may have won the last ever multihull medal race at the Olympics," said McMillan.

"Obviously we came here to be in the medals and had a really good chance to achieve that so it was disappointing to finish outside.

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Video - Spain sail to Tornado gold

"We had a really tough beginning to the week but came through at the end with some good, consistent results. Unfortunately the errors that we made early on were too damaging for us to get back into the medals."

Canada and the Netherlands crossed the finish line in second and third place on Thursday, with Spain, Australia and Argentina - in that order - the next three boats to finish.

Winds of up to 30km/h and choppy seas at the Qingdao Sailing Centre made life difficult for all the teams on the water, but Spain held their performance together under pressure to spark huge celebrations with their supporters.


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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
GB sailors take Star gold medal
21 Aug 08 |  Sailing
GB Yngling women breeze to gold
17 Aug 08 |  Sailing


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