London 2012 12/08/2012
- High Speed Final sees Spain's Tamara Echegoyen come out on top
In an exciting finale to the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Spain's Tamara Echegoyen overcame Olivia Price (AUS) 3-2 in a thrilling Women's Match Racing final played out in front of the Nothe spectator area. Winds of up to 25 knots blew across the course and with the scores level heading into the final race it would be winner takes all. A penalty turn for Price proved to be the deciding factor as Echegoyen comfortably won the final race to take gold.
Spaniards were surprise package of the regatta
Echegoyen and her crew of Sofia Toro and Angela Pumariega were the surprise package of the regatta and caused many stirs along the way and were deserved winners. The Spaniards were reduced to tears when they crossed the finish line and Pumariega said, "We are very happy, it's a dream. We never imagined we would win the gold medal. We were not the favourites. When we crossed the line we didn't believe it.
Australia wins silver, Finland bronze
Price meanwhile was chuffed with her silver, "The medal means a lot. It's been wonderful. I've enjoyed every minute of being here. We're really happy with silver. We didn't give up. Everything's just been amazing." In the bronze medal match 2012 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion Lehtinen brushed Skudina aside in the first match to take the bullet by eight seconds. Skudina fought back in the second to level the tie but the Fin regained her lead in the third match. In the fourth flight Lehtinen led comfortably on the final run but Skudina caught a wave making for a tight finish. The Fin had already done enough and took the bullet and the bronze medal.
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