Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson win Star worlds in Rio
Percy and Simpson win Star worlds
British sailors Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson added the Star class world title to their Olympic crown with victory in Rio de Janeiro.
The pair, who won the two-man keelboat class at the 2008 Beijing Games, dominated the Star worlds on the waters of the 2016 Games in Brazil.
Leading going into the sixth and final race, the Britons covered the Swiss, the only team that could topple them.
Both boats came well down the pack but the Britons did enough for victory.
The 33-year-old Englishmen scored a first, two seconds and a fourth, with a worst finish of 11th discarded, for a total of nine points going into the final race on Guanabara Bay, crossing the line 16th.
Star worlds win delights Simpson & Percy
The Swiss pair of Flavio Marazzi and Enrico de Maria, who trailed the Britons by eight points ahead of the last day, came 12th in the light winds to finish 11 points adrift in silver on Thursday.
Brazilians Torben Grael, the world sailor of the year in 20009, and Marcelo Ferreira came third in race six to claim the bronze medal. Percy, who was also Star world champion in 2002, admitted that the shifting winds had made for a challenging finale among the 81-boat fleet.
"We started off chasing Mazzari to the unfavoured end of the course, but when the wind shifted 40 degrees to the left it then became the favoured end of the course and we had managed to push them into a good position," he said.
"We managed to catch up so we were quite close to him in the end and then we were able to relax and enjoy the last lap of the course knowing we were world champions.
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