Sunday, December 11, 2011

Belcher/Page Rack Up Another 470 World Championship

The road to London is paved with gold for Australian 470 sailors Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page who sailed a conservative race to cross the line in fourth place and take out the World Championship in Perth this afternoon.
Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
For  Malcolm Page it's his fifth world title and achieving this result was something both he and Mat Belcher had been striving for all year.
Coach Victor Kovalenko congratulates the pair Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
“I am very happy at the moment. I don’t think you would be able to wipe the smile off my face,” a beaming Page said. "It is a bitter-sweet feeling winning on overall points but not the Medal Race.
Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
“We didn’t have to win. We didn’t have to be so risky. It’s just as satisfying. I’m sure anybody in the fleet would’ve loved to swap with us, to be in that position. Coming across fourth on the line in the Medal race, it’s just fine.”

Medal Race winners and silver medallists, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (GBR), lead the field for the entire race. Back on shore, Stuart Bithell said winning the silver medal had not yet sunk in.

“I’m most proud of our partnership. We have had a lot of pressure this week that we have had to deal with. We have two other very successful teams so we have had to chase them all week, so I’m just proud that we have stuck together as a team and, well, the rest is history.”

For Luke Patience it has been a four-month marathon to get to this point.

“The ISAF World Championships only come around every four years so they are arguably the biggest event apart from the Olympics, and a lot of teams push towards peaking at this event,” he said.

The bronze medal went to Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO).

Lulu Roseman

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