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OLYMPICS DAY 5 SUMMARY

SUNDAY 4th AUGUST 2012
Nick Dempsey 2nd overall
Bryony Shaw 7th overall 

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Lighter winds made for much slower and more tactical racing for the RSX races in Portland Harbour. Despite the media focus being on Ben Ainslie winning an amazingly close contest for his 4th gold medal in the Finn, the RSX sailors were fully absorbed in their own battle of the boards. With more marginal winds, there were some upwind legs with the daggerboards down and a lot of pumping and rowing of those rigs on the downwind sections of the course. Judging the wind shifts and drawing on fitness was a vital part of today's successes.

You'd have to say it was a good day for Team GB windsurfers. Bryony Shaw sailed two really good races, winning her first race and coming 5th in her second. But with her main competitors doing equally well, she is still 7th overall. However, there are now only 10 points between her and silver medal position. With the medal race counting as double points, Bryony is now actually in with a better chance of that illusive podium. She deserves massive credit for continuing to fight right through to this stage of the event. Now she has a day to recover and sail the race of her life on Tuesday to medal.

Nick Dempsey also had a productive day at the office, with a 9th and 2nd in his races, but his main rivals fighting for silver dropped more points, so he's now in silver medal position with 11 points between him and Toni Wilhelm GER in third. So he's been improving his scores everyday for last three days, you can't ask for much more than that!

Back in Beijing 2008, Bryony fought and won bronze, Nick fought and lost silver to 'only' get 4th. They'll be in remarkably similar positions going into Tuesdays crucial medal race. As the Star sailors found out today, medals positions can dramatically change due to the weighted results in the medal race.

So the scene is set. The RSX medal races from the Nothe are scheduled to be shown live on BBC TV and Simon Bornhoft is hoping to be part of the BBC commentary team. This is potentially the last time we'll get a windsurfing race at the Olympics. With Team GB poised and capable of winning two medals we can hardly wait to return on Tuesday in full support of Team GB.

SPREAD THE WORD AND GO NICK, GO BRYONY!

Men RSX Current standings

1st Dorian Van Rijssleberge NED (Pretty much certainty for gold)

2nd NICK DEMPSEY GB
3rd Toni Wilhelm GER

Women RSX Current standings

1st Marina Alabau Neira ESP

2nd Lee-El KORSIZ ISR

3rd Tuuli PETAJA FIN
7th BRYONY SHAW GB

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