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Winther to appeal Olympic sailing omission

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/05/2016

Experienced sailor Sara Winther plans to appeal her omission from the New Zealand team to compete at the Olympics.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee and Yachting New Zealand made their second and final sailing selection for Rio on Tuesday, with dinghy specialists Josh Junior and Sam Meech joining the five double-handed crews named in March.

No Kiwis won selection in either the men's and women's RS:X class, or Winther's specialist Laser Radial class.

Winther, 34, finished 20th at the 2012 London Olympics.

She said on Facebook she would appeal the decision, noting that she had qualified a New Zealand boat for Rio in the first round of qualification in September 2014.

Winther placed 22nd at last November's world championships in Oman but pointed out that sailors from only nine nations finished in front of her.

"YNZ's decision has come as a huge disappointment to me and I will be appealing," she said.

"I would like to thank everyone who has supported my campaign over the past four years and right now I and Women's Sailing, need all the support and help we can get."

Winther said she couldn't comment further as she is bound by an athlete's agreement.

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