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Olympic sailing competition wraps up

Despite a well-publicized and recurrent algae bloom in QingdaoBay, the sailing portion of the Summer Olympics was a success — particularly for the British team. Britain managed to be the top sailing nation for the third consecutive Olympics, according to a recent press release.

Just under the wire,Britain earned an extra gold medal on the last day of sailing. Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson sailed perfectly Thursday through the rough and tough Star race, with the auspicious start of being only two points behind Sweden’s Freddie Loof and Anders Ekstrom, who ended with the bronze. Brazilians Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada were threatening for the gold, which meant the gold medal duo had to stay ahead of the Swedes and also finish in the top six, according to the report. This was the first gold medal for Simpson, who is an Olympic newcomer, and the second for Percy, who beat Loof at the Olympics in Sydney,Australia in 2000. The Brazilians won the silver.

“It was unbelievable, so special,” Percy said in the report. “We felt good this morning. I knew we weren’t going to bottle it and we didn’t. It’s been a killer four years and I am so glad it’s behind me.”

The medal haul by British sailors was six, including four golds, a silver and a bronze, which surpasses the five-medal total at two previous Olympic events in Athens and Sydney, and makes them top performing sailing nation in the world.

Australia earned three medals (two golds and a silver) and the U.S. team earned two: Anna Tunnicliffe, gold in the Laser Radial Class; and Zach Railey, silver in the Finn Class.

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— Elizabeth Ellis