Another fine performance in Perth this morning from Ireland’s Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern.
Temperatures hit 29 degrees in Perth today and it certainly heated up for the Irish 49er team Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern. Having qualified for the London Olympics earlier this week, they started the day in 12th place and after the first two races where they finished 15th and 10th in the 67 boat fleet, they were in 10th position.
As only the top 10 boats qualify for the medal race, the team was aware that they had to finish in the top 10 in the third race to guarantee their place. The sea breeze came in & the boys pulled a 6th leaving them 8th overall and giving them a place in tomorrow’s medal race.
‘This is a fantastic achievement for Matt & Ryan and a personal best. Their hard work and training has paid off and they deserve to be in the medal race tomorrow. It will be an interesting race and the pressure will be on.’ stated James O’Callaghan, ISA Performance Director.
Luck was not on the side of the Irish on the Men’s Laser course. James Espey who looked as if he would make Olympic qualification today was black flagged in the second race and he finished 38th nation. Only the top 35 nations qualify from this event for London 2012. James will have to wait until the Laser World Championships in Germany in May to see if he makes qualification.
‘It is unfortunate that James was black flagged today dashing his hopes of early qualification. Hopefully he will make it in May’ commented James O’Callaghan. Overall the Irish Team has performed incredibly well at this event and exceeded our objectives by qualifying three classes in the Olympics and two of those classes making the medal races. Many of our athletes have shown their personal bests in Perth’ continued O’Callaghan.
Sunday 18 December is the final day of racing in Perth. The only Irish sailors competing tomorrow are Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern in the medal race in the 49er class.