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British pair win 470 world championship

LONDON, England — British pair Nic Asher and Elliott Willis scored a superb victory in the 470 world championship but will not be able to complete a golden double at the Beijing Olympics later this year.

Asher and Willis were overlooked for the British team for the Games in favor of Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield, who finished a distant ninth in the championship in Melbourne, Australia.

Asher insisted he and Willis will do everything they can to ensure Rogers and Glanfield take the gold in China.

He said: The World Championships were our primary focus for this year after missing out on selection for the Olympics.

Now we want to make sure that Great Britain wins the gold medal at Beijing and we will be helping Nick and Joe as their training partners in the run up to the Games as well as getting our own campaign sorted for 2012 selection.

Asher and Willis’ World Championships looked in doubt when a collision with Australian pair Mathew Belcher and Nicholas Behrens saw Willis sidelined for 24 hours with severely bruised ribs.

But, having gone into the final race in the bronze medal position they won a double point-scoring race to take gold.

Rogers admitted he and Glanfield had to work harder in the run-up to China.

He said: We are disappointed because we have not sailed at the level we normally sail and this is not how we see ourselves.

But it is amazing for Nic and Elliott to have won the world title again and I’ve been very impressed with them all week. It is great for us to have that depth of talent to work with in the build up to Qingdao. E-mail to a friend

British pair win 470 world championship – found here.


January 30, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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