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Meech and Maloney eye 49erFX medal

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/06/2017

A podium place looks very likely for New Zealand 49erFX crew Alex Maloney and Molly Meech at the Kiel Week regatta in Germany.

It's the colour of the medal they win which is in doubt.

The Olympic silver medallists are second overall going into the double points medal race on Sunday, seven points behind British leaders Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey.

They had entered the penultimate day with an eight-point lead but struggled in strong winds, even capsizing on one downwind leg, to place 10th and 8th in the two races on Saturday.

To secure gold, they must finish four places ahead of Dobson and Tidey in the 10-boat final.

The British pair revelled in the strong winds, which are forecast to return on Sunday, placing first and second to snatch the overall lead.

The Kiwis will also be conscious they sit 11 points ahead of the third-placed German combination.

Meanwhile, fellow-Kiwis Josh Porebski and Trent Rippey ended their regatta on a disappointing note.

Early leaders in the 49er fleet, they had slipped to fifth before a disastrous Saturday in which 8th and 29th places sandwiched a disqualification.

They dropped to 13th overall, missing out on the medal race.

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