Aleh and Powrie claim silver at Euro champs

MORE MEDALS: Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have won the medal race to secure silver at the European 470 sailing championships in Formia, Italy.
MORE MEDALS: Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have won the medal race to secure silver at the European 470 sailing championships in Formia, Italy.

Olympic champions Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have won the medal race to secure silver at the European 470 sailing championships in Formia, Italy, today.

Third heading into the final day, the New Zealanders closed strongly to gain a position, finishing only behind the French pair of Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron who were third in today's final race.

Austrians Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar were third overall.

"It was always going to be tough to try and move up the leaderboard, but we did all we could today with a nice clean race sailed,'' said Aleh.

It's the first defeat for the crack Kiwis on their European tour after winning the first two Eurosaf Champions Cup regattas, in Italy and the Netherlands.

They now head to the venue for this year's 470 world championships, La Rochelle in France, to drop off their boat and equipment before heading home to New Zeaand for a short break.

The world championships are six weeks away.

Meanwhile, the Kiwi pair of Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox finished eighth in the men's 470 championship in Formia. 

They will also deliver their gear to La Rochelle then fly home.

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