What a thrilling final in the 49er class!

By 27 May 2017 Frontslider, News

The day began with a podium formed of Germany, Portugal and Belgium. The Portuguese were battling for first place, coming second in both the first and second races. In the third race they only needed to finish two places before the Germans, but unfortunately for them Fischer and Graf were still in it to win the gold medal. “In the first two races we had some trouble with two mistakes. The Portuguese are really experienced, they had a good medal race, but we are really happy to win here. It’s our first medal at an international cup.”

Lima: “The first two races were really good for us. We closed the gap with Fischer and Graf. In the last race we had an unlucky cross with some colleagues and lost our spot in the front. We’re not disappointed as this was our first event after the Olympics. We have to find our rhythm again.”

The battle for a third place was exciting as well. After the first race Germans Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel easily took over the third place from Yannick Lefebvre and Tom Pelsmaekers. A strong start from the Germans, they won the first two medal races with a big lead. The German Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf began the races in first place with Jorge Lima and Jose Luis Costa (POR) in second place. Lefebvre: “We had a good medal race, can’t complain about that. Our loss was earlier this week, but we still had a great event.”