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Meech third in World Cup Laser medal race

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/04/2017
<span style="font-size:13px;">Sam Meech.</span> © Bernat Armangue/AP Images Sam Meech.

Olympic sailing medallist Sam Meech completed a fluctuating week with third place in the Laser class medal race at the World Cup regatta in France.

Meech finished ninth overall in Hyeres, paying the price for poor results through the middle stages.

The 26-year-old was inconsistent in his first international event since clinching bronze at the Rio Olympics last August, winning one of the 10 qualifying races and recording four other top-10 finishes, but blowing out in a handful of other races.

He was pleased to finish on a high in the double-points medal race.

"I had some really good days and some fun racing but there were some pretty disappointing results thrown in there which really cost me in terms of the overall result," Meech said.

"I expected to be rusty but it's always hard when you are getting some results you're not used to."

Cypriot Pavlos Kontides was second in the medal race to clinch gold.

Josh Porebski and Trent Rippey were the only other New Zealand boat to qualify for a medal race, in the 49er class.

They placed seventh to finish 10th overall.

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