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Irish duo qualify for medal race

Updated: Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 17:00

Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern have already qualified for the Olympics
Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern have already qualified for the Olympics

Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern are in eighth position ahead of the medal race at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Perth on Sunday.

Having qualified for the London Olympics earlier this week, they started the day in 12th place and after the first two races where they finished 15th and 10th in the 67-boat fleet, they were in 10th position.

As only the top-10 boats qualify for the medal race, the team was aware that they had to finish in the top-10 in the third race to guarantee their place.

The duo took sixth, leaving them eight overall, and giving them a place in Sunday’s finale.

James Espey, who looked as if he would make Olympic qualification in the Laser class, was black flagged in the second race and he finished 38th.

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