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49er duo maintain position in top ten

Updated: Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 17:01

Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern's 49er boat remains in tenth overall
Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern's 49er boat remains in tenth overall

Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern placed 19th in the only 49er race of the day at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Perth.

As their worst result so far they discard it, but remain in tenth overall. Having qualified Ireland for the 2012 Olympics yesterday, they are now hoping to make the medal race on Sunday.

They will continue racing tomorrow and Saturday before the top-ten teams are selected for the medal race.

In the Laser fleet, James Espey is still in contention for Olympic qualification. He scored a 20th and a 33rd today and sits 66th overall in a fleet of 147.

Espey is currently the 32nd nation in the fleet. The top-35 nations qualify for London 2012. His next day of racing is scheduled for Saturday, a good performance will ensure Ireland qualify in the Laser class.

Peter O’Leary and David Burrows in the Star resume racing tomorrow with the medal race taking place on Saturday. The top-11 nations will qualify for the Olympics and the Irish pair are currently the 11th nation. They must maintain or improve their position tomorrow if they are to qualify Ireland at this event.

ISA Performance Director James O'Callaghan was optimistic about Ireland qualifying another boat: "We still have two boats in the mix coming towards the end of the regatta. Both boats have demonstrated their race capabilities and now just need one final push.”

The sailors who miss out on Olympic qualification at this event will have one more opportunity to do so in 2012.

Each sailing discipline will hold their own World Championship event before the Olympics where a predetermined number of nation places will be up on offer.