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08 Aug 2012
London 2012 , IOC News , Sailing , Australia

Australians steer a course to gold - London 2012 - Sailing

Australia's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen struck gold in the men's Sailing 49er class to provide the highlight of Day 12 at Weymouth and Portland.

The pair's success was a formality and they eased home with a fourth-place finish in the medal race.

New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were assured of silver already, but Denmark's Allan Norregaard and Peter Lang produced a late burst to secure bronze ahead of final race winners Austria and fellow hopefuls Great Britain.

Meanwhile, there is a real battle for gold taking shape in the women's 470 class.

New Zealand's Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie and Great Britain's Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark are mathematically assured of a medal after today's racing.

The two teams have amassed a large enough points margin after the end of the opening race series to be sure that they will leave with at least a bronze.

They now face a straight fight for the top prize, with both crews level on 33 points.

In the women's Elliott 6m Match Racing, Australia advanced to the semi-final after a 3-1 race-series win over the Netherlands.

They will meet Finland in the last four, following their victory over the USA.

In the other semi-final, Spain will go head-to-head with Russia after their victories over France and Great Britain respectively.

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