Gold, silver, bronze for NZ sailors at World Cup

Last updated 09:12 07/04/2013

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Andy Maloney won gold in the Laser class as New Zealand collected three medals on the final day of the World Cup sailing regatta in Palma, Spain today.

The other medals came via Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech in the 49erFX who won silver and a bronze to Sam Meech, also in the Laser.

The medals have come despite New Zealand's 2012 Olympic medallists not competing at this regatta, giving a strong indication that the NZL Sailing Team is in good shape very early on in this new Olympic cycle.  

Lying thrid equal going into the last day Andy Maloney went up a gear to notch two race wins in the two medal races sailed.

The bullets, worth zero, added nothing to his overall total and he concluded the six day regatta eight points clear of former leader Tom Burton of Australia who was looking hard to beat.

Burton placed third in the first of the medal races but was hit with an OCS in the next race relegating him to second place overall and the silver medal.

Meech sailed strongly to place fifth and third and claim the bronze medal.

This is an excellent result followed Meech's Youth World Championships medals - gold in 2009 and bronze in 2008.

The 49erFX women's skiff event was always going to capture the spotlight at this regatta. A new class for the Rio Olympic Games this is the first time the current campaigners from around the world have truly come together and lined up on the same race track.

Billed as one of the crews to watch, the young kiwi pairing of Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech have kept their composure among the hype and concentrated on the business of sailing - earning themselves the silver medal along the way.

Sailing four stadium style races today with only eight boats on the course the kiwis were fourth, second and second before wrapping things up with a win. Across the six days of racing Maloney and Meech won five races and only finished outside the top eight on one occasion.

Denmark's Nielson and Olsen have sailed an almost faultless regatta and with three wins for them today they have taken the gold medal convincingly.

New Zealand featured two representatives in the Finn medal races today - Andrew Murdoch has placed seventh at what is his international debut in the Finn class after announcing his switch from the Laser earlier this year. Today Murdoch was eighth and fourth on the water.

Josh Junior also a former Finn sailor has finished eight overall just behind Murdoch in the overall standings. Junior was sixth and ninth in the two medal races sailed today.

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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma
New Zealand's standings after day last day

Laser
1st Andy Maloney (NZL Sailing Team)
3rd Sam Meech (NZL Sailing Team)
15th Thomas Saunders

49erFX
2nd Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech

Finn
7th Andrew Murdoch (NZL Sailing Team)
8th Josh Junior

470 Men
11th Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox (NZL Sailing Team)
31st Francisco Lardies and Luke Stevenson

49er
38th Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski (NZL Sailing Team) - winners silver fleet

Nacra 17
20th Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders
25th Nicole van der Velden and Tomer Simhony

- Stuff

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