Aussies lead in all three classes at the Paralympics
Our Aussie crews are leading all three Paralympic classes in Rio with only three races to go! Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch lead the SKUD18 fleet, Colin Harrison, Russell Boaden and Jonathan Harris lead the Sonar fleet, and after some tight racing today Matt Bugg leads the 2.4mR fleet by the narrowest of margins.
Tune into our live twitter feed from 2am tomorrow morning or check out the action via World Sailing's live tracking to see how the Aussies fair in tomorrow's two races. Final races in all three classes will be held in the early hours of Sunday morning.
DANIEL FITZGIBBON AND LIESL TESCH (2-PERSON SKUD)
Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (SKUD18)
In the SKUD18, it was two wins from two races for Aussies Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch. The Aussie team has been the crew to beat all week and they showed why yet again today. The Aussies are currently leading the fleet overall with a 15 point buffer over their nearest rivals – Canada and Great Britain who are on equal points.
In the 2.4mR class, there was some extremely tight racing for Matt Bugg today who consolidated his consistent performance thus far. He featured in the top group of boats throughout the day, finishing second in today’s first race, then he came back to win the second race of the day. However, it was the third and final race of the day that was the closest. The race between Bugg and the British competitor, Helena Lucas was tight all the way around the racetrack, but it was the finish that had everyone holding their breath. The official results showed the AUS and GBR boats finishing at exactly the same time, but the ‘photo finish’ awarded the win to Australia by the smallest of margins.
“It was really close,” said Bugg at the end of racing. “That's twice today Helena and I finished with a metre between us and now there's one point between us as well.
"It's amazing the difference between coming first or second in the last race of the day and what sort of mood that can put you in for the rest of the night. Yesterday I was annoyed because Helena got me right on the line and today I'm stoked because I got her right on the line."
This result leaves Bugg first overall overall, only one point ahead of GBR.
COLIN HARRISON, RUSSELL BOADEN & JONATHAN HARRIS (SONAR)
Colin Harrison, Russell Boaden & Jonathan Harris (Sonar)
Australia’s Sonar team of Colin Harrison, Russell Boaden and Jonathan Harris came out flying in their first race today. The Aussies led from start to finish in a dominant display. However, they had a tougher start in the second race and had to fight their way back from seventh place around the top mark, eventually finishing third. They are currently first overall, 11 points ahead of the team from USA.