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O'Leary and Burrows claim fourth spot in Hyeres

Updated: Friday, 11 May 2012 23:13 | Comments

Peter O'Leary and David Burrows have taken fourth in France
Peter O'Leary and David Burrows have taken fourth in France

After an exhilarating week where Peter O’Leary and David Burrows remained in contention for all six races, they finished fourth overall at the Star World Championships in Hyeres, France.

They finished 14th out of a fleet of 72 in the final race which saw upheavals for all the main players.

Great Britain’s Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, who were the regatta leaders for most of the week, finished in second place after scoring 38th in today’s race, one place ahead of Brazil’s Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, who won the championship.

Denmark’s Michael Hestbaek and Claus Olsen jumped from fifth position in the regatta to win bronze after a third place finish today.

Commenting on the Star performance today, ISA performance director James O’Callaghan stated: ‘When this event is reviewed it will be regarded as excellent preparations for the Olympics in a year when this is the only event that matters.

“Yet again Team O’Leary Burrows have proven that they are contenders. This event was not theirs, a situation they will want to rectify in August."

The next Providence Resources ISA Olympic Update will be issued on Sunday 13 May.

Competing next week will be Gerbil Owens and Scott Flanigan in the 470, and Ross Hamilton in the Finn, who will be targeting Olympic qualification.

Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy will be competing in the Laser Radial World Championships in Germany.

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