Aleh and Powrie bag gold at Rio test event

Last updated 15:01 10/08/2014
 Harrison Somerville
DEREK FLYNN/FAIRFAX NZ
ON SONG: World champions Jo Aleh, left, and Polly Powrie have won the women's 470 class at the Olympics test event in Rio.

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World champion sailors Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have continued New Zealand's strong showing at the Olympics test regatta in Rio by claiming the gold medal in the women's 470 class.

A fourth in the final race today was enough for them to edge ahead of Britain for the top honours.

And the men's 470 crew of Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox came from sixth on the leader board to win the final race and claim the bronze medal.

bag a podium finish on the final day with a medal race win.

With gold already awarded to Burling and Tuke in the 49er, and silver for Alex Maloney and Molly Meech in the 49erFX, and six top 10 placings in other classes, the Kiwis have had a strong showing on the waters that will host the Olympics in two years.

Aleh and Powrie are delighted with the outcome of today's race, describing it as one of the most high pressure races they've sailed.

''It was a pretty tough race. Sail by the seat of your pants, see what happens and keep hoping it will work out. We knew we had to beat both of them [Mills/Clark and Haeger/Provancha] and be top five if the Austrians won,'' Aleh said.

''We always wanted to do well but just had to beat those boats. Pretty early on, as we started we were in the middle of them and kept an eye on them. The Americans dropped back pretty quickly so it was just between us and the Brits.

''Everyone found it stressful. There was a lot happening. When the boys raced before the wind was a little bit more set but the wind had just changed. It was one of the most unstable medal races we've done.''

The top Kiwis now eye the world championships in Spain in September.

New Zealand results in Brazil

Gold medal: Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (49er)

Gold medal: Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (Women's 470)

Silver medal: Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech (49erFX)

Bronze medal: Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox (Men's 470)

6th Andrew Murdoch (Finn)

9th Josh Junior (Finn)

6th Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (Nacra 17)

8th Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski (49er)

9th Natalia Kosinska (Women's RS:X)

9th Sam Meech (Laser)

14th Andy Maloney (Laser)

11th Sara Winther (Laser Radial)

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