Lack of wind sees 470 medal race postponed

FRED WOODCOCK IN WEYMOUTH
Last updated 05:00 10/08/2012
Jason Saunders and Paul Snow-Hansen
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STRONG SHOWING: New Zealand's Jason Saunders and Paul Snow-Hansen finsihed fifth in the men's 470 sailing class at the London Olympics.

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The New Zealand men's 470 crew of Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders must wait till tomorrow to race for an unlikely bronze medal after sailing was abandoned at the Olympic regatta in Weymouth today.
 
There were beautiful clear skies on a warm summer's day on the Dorset coastline but no wind whatsoever, which delayed the men's 470 medal race until a final call to abandon it came at 4.30pm local time.

The race has been scheduled for 11pm Friday night (NZT), an hour before the crucial women's 470 medal race in which Kiwis Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie are sailing for gold.

That is assuming the wind turns up, and forecasts are for more of the same here tomorrow.

In order for Snow-Hansen and Saunders to snatch the most unlikeliest of bronze medals, they'd have to win the top-10 medal race and hope third-placed Argentina finished ninth or 10th, and fourth-placed Italy finished seventh or worse.

But just beating the Australians and Brits, who have streaked the field here this week, would be a monumental upset in itself.

Those two outstanding crews will battle for gold and silver, with world champion Aussies Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page taking a crucial four-point advantage into the decider.

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