Glanfield wins silver
PUBLISHED: 12:41 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 10 June 2010
JOE Glanfield and his skipper, Nick Rogers, are celebrating winning silver in the Olympics after a dramatic final race in the 470 class on Monday. The pair had gone into the medal race in 5th position overall
JOE Glanfield and his skipper, Nick Rogers, are celebrating winning silver in the Olympics after a dramatic final race in the 470 class on Monday.The pair had 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.Significantly though, at the start of the race for Glanfield to win bronze or silver he had to ensure that he and Rogers finished ahead of both the French and Dutch boats, and leading the Dutch at the first mark meant they had completed half of their 'medal mission'.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, knowing that if they could hold that position then they would take the silver medal behind the Australian boat which 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 medal was won!EXMOUTH'S Joe Glanfield and his skipper Nick Rogers are British sailing's undisputed kings of the comeback - after winning a silver medal they thought was a lost cause.The duo started the final day of the 470 class regatta day in fourth place - overall five points behind the Dutch team and three behind the French.But, amazingly, they held their nerve and leapfrogged their rivals to clinch their second successive Olympic silver medal.Joe said: "At one point we had really thought we'd lost it. Three races ago, it looked like we had no chance of a medal, but the last three races have been so good and we're delighted."We made a mistake at the beginning of the race and every boat which was in with a chance of a medal wanted to cover us. "But we pulled up, got into sync in the second bit of the race, and got where we needed to be." Nick Rogers said: "We are over the moon. We had a really hard start and to come through is so pleasing. That was the most intense race I've ever been involved in. I'm so pleased. That was real pressure - that was stressful."It is probably more sweet than Athens because we were in with a chance of gold going into that race. Here we had to claw back a medal - this has been a pretty hard Olympics.