Monday, August 18 - Silver medal for Exmouth Olympic sailor.

PUBLISHED: 12:54 18 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH'S Joe Glanfield and his skipper, Nick Rogers, are celebrating winning Olympic silver after staging an astonishing comeback.

EXMOUTH'S Joe Glanfield and his skipper, Nick Rogers, are celebrating winning Olympic silver after staging an astonishing comeback.

In a scintillating finish to the series, the pair won Britain's third sailing medal of the Games in the 470 class on Monday morning.

They gone into the medal race in 5th position overall and at the 1st mark in that final contest they were back in 9th out of the 10 boats with only the Dutch pair behind them.

But at the start of the race to win Bronze or Silver Exe Sailing Club's Glanfield had to ensure that he and Rogers finished ahead of both the French and Dutch boats.

The French and Dutch ended the men's series level on 78 points, but France took the bronze medal by virtue of their better finish in the medal race - the French boat finished fractionally too far back to challenge Britain for silver.

It was the downwind leg that saw the pair sail superbly with Rogers at the helm and Glanfield on the trapeze and when the 2nd mark was reached that earlier 9th place had improved to 6th and by the 3rd and final mark they had climbed into 4th and if they could hold that position then the would take the Silver medal behind the Australian boat who had already sealed the top honour before the final race.

It got even better for Glanfield and Rogers for they sailed past two further boats in the last leg and crossed the line almost side by side with the Japanese boat to take 3rd place and that gave them 6 points from the final race and 75 points overall with the French and Dutch boats both finishing on 78 points and the silver meal was won.

"That was the most intense race I've done for so long," said Rogers. "We came through and I'm really pleased."

"We made a bit of a mistake at the beginning," said Glanfield.

"Every other boat who had a medal chance wanted to cover us, but then we did a good run and took a couple of boats.

"At one point we thought we'd lost it - three races ago we looked like we had no chance of a medal.

"We had our backs against the wall, silver was the best we could do and that was hard to take. I'm really pleased we turned it around."

Rogers and Glanfield also won silver in the 470 event at Athens four years ago, but Rogers insisted their win off the Chinese port of Qingdao marked a superior performance.

"In Athens we were going in with a chance to win gold and we didn't," he said.

"Here, we really clawed back a medal and we had a really hard Olympics."

Australia claimed both the men's and women's 470 titles on Monday in Qingdao.

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