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470 pair still chasing Olympic berth

Updated: Friday, 09 Dec 2011 14:34

The 470 fleet makes its way to the start in Perth
The 470 fleet makes its way to the start in Perth

Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan are still in contention to secure a place for an Irish boat in the 470 class at the London 2012 Olympics at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Perth.

They are in 35th position in the Gold fleet after finishing 30th and 24th in their two races today.

To gain a London 2012 berth, they will need to have an excellent day on Saturday, the final day of racing for the 470 fleets before the medal race on Sunday. The top 19 nations will secure a place in the Olympics and they are currently 23rd.

Ross Hamilton in the Finn has moved up one place to 64th overall but will unfortunately not qualify Ireland for the Olympics at this event. He will have one more opportunity at the Finn World Championships next year.

The Laser Radial fleet, including medal contender Annalise Murphy who is currently in fifth and has already secured an Olympic place for Ireland, had a rest day today.

Peter O'Leary and David Burrows in the Star and Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern in the 49er will begin racing on Sunday and Monday respectively.

Both teams have been preparing for the regatta out on the water over the past couple of weeks and have spent the past few days putting the final touches to their boats.

Laser sailor James Espey will also begin his qualification process on Monday.

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