Morrison and Rhodes latest - ‘Focus is on winning an Olympic medal’.

20:16 05 August 2012

Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes in 49er action in the 2012 Olympics

Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes in 49er action in the 2012 Olympics

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Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes head into the final two series races of their London 2012 regatta at Weymouth and Portland on Monday (August 6) looking to tighten their grip on the bronze medal.

The Exmouth pair currently sit in bronze medal position following scores of 13th and third from their two races today.

Morrison and Rhodes hold a small three point advantage over Portugal’s Bernardo Freitas and Francisco Rebello De Andrade in fourth place, but the Brits can’t now catch Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) for the silver medal. Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) hold an almost unassailable lead in the chase for gold.

The 49er class has the most series races – 15 – before their double points’ medal race, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday (August, 8) at 1pm.

Morrison said: “We had a great start in the first race but it was patchy wind and we thought we were doing the right things, we were perfectly happy with what we did in the first race but a band of wind filled in and we were on the wrong side of a shift. We were happy with how we executed our plan it just didn’t quite happen to be the right thing but I don’t think we could have done anything different.

“The second race we did exactly the same thing and there wasn’t a random gust from the right, it did come from the left as we had predicted. We had a good solid windward mark rounding and we’re going fast. We’re always confident, we’re sailing well, we’re making life really hard for ourselves but we’ll keep going, we want it more than anything and we think we’ve got the skills and the equipment to do it. We just need to put in a really solid day tomorrow and make sure when we’ve finished tomorrow we’ve still got a chance to win a medal.”

The 49ers are scheduled to resume at 3pm tomorrow (Monday, August 6) on the Nothe spectator course.

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