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Irish sailing duo placed third ahead of the final race in the Star World Championships

Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2012 18:23

O'Keary and Burrows are so close to claiming a World Championship medal
O'Keary and Burrows are so close to claiming a World Championship medal

Peter O’Leary from Cork and David Burrows from Dublin finished 18th in the fifth race of the Star World Championships in Hyeres, France just one place behind event leaders GBR Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson. 

This means they are in third place going in to the final day of the regatta on Friday. Unlike the Olympic format where only the top 10 boats sail in the final medal race – the whole fleet are set to line up.

The margins are so tights in this Olympic class that anyone in the top 10 could still stand on the podium.

Meanwhile in Boltenhagen, Germany, James Espey (Ballyholme YC & Royal Ulster YC) finished the Laser World Championships with a personal best of 37th out of the 168 strong fleet. 

Is these World Championships come to an end this week, the other two Olympic hopefuls Gerbil Owens and Scott Flanigan in the 470 and Ross Hamilton in the Finn are preparing for their Olympic qualifying events next week.

Also training in Weymouth this week in advance of the Laser Radial World Championships was National Yacht Clubs Annalise Murphy whose event commences in Germany on Monday.