RIO DE JANEIRO – Japan’s women’s 470 class sailing duo of Ai Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka dropped to sixth after two more races at the Rio Olympics on Sunday, but remain just four points off bronze with three races remaining.
After leading the fleet in the early stages of the regatta the Japanese crew has slowly fallen back with a series of middling performances, but in sailing at the Olympic Games consistency is key and that has allowed them to stay in contention.
In Sunday’s two races, Nos. 6 and 7, the boat finished ninth and 12th. But it was the latter which was the most disappointing as the crew managed an excellent start, seeing them at the front of the fleet at the first buoy until they were handed a penalty turn that sent them deep into the disturbed air, and they could not regain their place.
“We’re still in contention for a medal. I really want to win, said Yoshioka. “We need to put this mistake behind us and keep going.”
Yoshida added: “We lost the race because of our mistake. Little mistakes are race-threatening. Tomorrow’s race is going to be really important.”
Britain’s Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark lead the overall fleet.