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Pre-regatta blow for Rio silver medallists

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/06/2017
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech in action at the Rio Olympics. © Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Alex Maloney and Molly Meech in action at the Rio Olympics.

Olympic silver medallists Alex Maloney and Molly Meech have scored an unwanted first as they prepare for their first major regatta since Rio.

The 49erFX duo are in Santander, Spain, preparing for the sailing World Cup Final, but have been penalised before they've even got out on the water.

Maloney and Meech's boat, nicknamed Lola, has been found to be underweight at pre-race measuring, the pair said on their Facebook page.

"Haven't entered a regatta with points against us ever before but after spot measurement on day zero, our lovely Lola was underweight.

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech © REUTERS/Brian Snyder Alex Maloney and Molly Meech

"We are very much surprised as haven't taken any corrector weights off since her last measurement and she is four years old."

Maloney and Meech said they'd added the required weight, and would have 50 per cent added to their scores on day one.

"We do take full responsibility for our mistake of not checking our boat's weight and will rise to the occasion."

The pair returned to full-time training about two months ago, following an extended post-Rio break, and will be travelling to contest Kiel Week in Germany following the Santander regatta.

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