When the final pairs in the Women’s Match Race competition at the London Olympics completed their round robin today, the Australian team of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty were on top of the table.
They accounted for Rita Goncalves, Mariana Lobato and Diana Neves of Portugal by five seconds to remain unbeaten after 11 flights.
“Today was just another day for us,” said Price. “We went out there just trying to win the one race that we had and we did it, ticked that and the whole regatta starts again in two days’ time.”
By finishing on top of the table, Price will sail against the eighth-ranked skipper, Renee Groeneveld (NED), in the best-of-five quarter finals which start on Monday.
The other pairings will see Russia take on Great Britain, Spain matched with France and the USA against Finland.
It was a dominant performance by the young Australian team, as they finished three points ahead of Ekaterina Skudina of Russia who was second.
Unfortunately, in match racing what happened in the first round has no bearing on the finals. However, the Australians are the form team who enjoy good support from the knowledgeable crowd on the Nothe hill.
- Roger McMillan