Young pushes for podium spot

Alison Young believes she is timing her assault on the medals at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta to perfection following a solid day four on the Olympic waters.


As the Laser Radial fleet separated into silver and gold, the latter the ones tussling it out for silverware, Young is ensuring she is right in the mix.

The 25-year-old strengthened her case for a podium spot with a fifth-place finish and a victory in Thursday's two races.

Young is now just a point behind the overall leader, China's Lijia Xu, heading into the final two days and she insists she is well on course to close the gap and overtake her rival when all is said and done.

"It was a pretty solid day, the first day of the finals, and I got two good results in so I am pleased," she said.

"It has been a very consistent week so far. I had a bit of a tricky first day but consistent in the last three days so I have just got to keep building on that for the rest of the series.

"It show that I am hitting my form at the right time and hopefully I can carry this on for the final couple of days.

"There has been a slightly different direction every day so far this week so it's given me a bit of variety and keeping me think what is going on.

"Every time you race in Weymouth you learn something new, something that is going to be useful for the Games so it is a good opportunity to do that."

As the wind and rain lashed the London 2012 venue, racing was restricted with the Paralympic classes and Star fleet failing to get out on the water.

Of those Brits that did get out on the water Giles Scott made the treacherous journey worthwhile, winning the only Finn race to extend his overall lead.

Bryony Shaw moved up to eighth overall in the RS:X women's competition with a third-place finish, however Nick Dempsey could only manage an eighth in his race.

There was more to cheer about for Paul Goodison in the Laser as he moved up one place to fifth, while Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign overtook Ed Powys and Dave Evans as the leading British 49er boat with a sixth-place finish.

Britain's women's 470 pair of Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark slipped out of the medal positions and into fourth, however there was better news for their male counterparts as Stuart Bithell and Luke Patience recorded results of second and first on Thursday.

And with the fleet separating between gold and silver, Bithell insists they couldn't have asked for a better start to their assault on the medals,

"This was the first day of gold fleet racing and although it was a pretty miserable day we had some good results," said Bithell, who along with Patience sit second overall.

"This has been our best day so far so we are happy and it is a really good beginning to the business end of the regatta.

"We have not really been focusing on results so to speak but just certain areas of our racing so it is extra nice to see the results come along with that and it gives us confidence for the rest of the week."

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