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Kiwis win 49er gold in Weymouth

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/06/2016

Youngsters Logan Dunning Beck and Jack Simpson have secured 49er gold at the sailing World Cup regatta in Weymouth.

Dunning Beck and Simpson went into the final race with an eight-point lead, after sailing consistently well through qualifying races hampered by light winds.

Weymouth turned the breeze on for the double-points medal race, but the Kiwis had little difficulty in wrapping up the overall victory with sixth place.

In doing so, they beat powerhouse local crews Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Alain Sign, who won silver and will represent Britain at the Rio Olympics, and John Pink and Stuart Bithell, who finished third.

Dunning Beck and Simpson are training partners for Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, currently in Chicago competing in the America's Cup World Series regatta with Team New Zealand.

Olympic 49erFX sailors Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech will travel to Rio in less than two months buoyed by a superb medal race win and a silver medal.

Lying seventh overall after two days, the pair climbed into third ahead of the final top 10 double-points race.

They demonstrated excellent teamwork, never looking like relinquishing the lead once they grabbed it and finishing 21 seconds clear of the fleet.

Maloney and Meech were just one point shy of British winners Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth.

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