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Gimson and Burnet add second world title to Olympic silver

Written by 22nd November 2021 Featured-post, World Championships

John Gimson and Anna Burnet cemented their status as king and queen of Nacra 17 by defending their world title in Oman.

The pair successfully defending the title they won in Australia back in early 2020 by a margin of nine points.

They started the day in the lead, with Germany’s Paul Kohlhoff and Alica Stuhlemmer sitting a few points behind.

Gimson and Burnet ended up confidently foiling down the last run of the medal race, finishing third, winning the event by nine points.

It is the latest in an incredible run of results for the pair which has also seen them win silver at Tokyo 2020 and gold at the Nacra 17 European championships.

John Gimson and Anna Burnet take their second world championships
© Sailing Energy / Oman Sail

“I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet,” said Burnet, from Shandon in Scotland. “It’s been a week that’s taken a huge amount of mental energy. Coming into this event we both joked that it would be pretty cool to defend the world title but we knew we would be a little rusty after a couple of months out the boat.

“It’s been an amazing year and if anyone had told me a few years ago that we’d have this year I wouldn’t have believed them! We just kept our heads down and worked hard and that’s what we need to continue doing going forwards.”

Gimson, from Congleton, Cheshire, added: “We’re super stoked to defend the world title. The conditions here have been really tough, shifty and offshore, and it’s been about keeping it together mentally as well as physically. I’m really proud of our team here keeping it so consistent throughout the series. We’re very happy to have pulled it together.”

The duo are renowned for their dedication to training, often going months without a break.

©Sailing Energy / Oman Sail

Gimson added: “There isn’t that much time before Paris 2024, There’s been so little racing over the past 18 months, we’re taking every opportunity we’ve got. We love what we do.”

In the 49er fleet, Jack Hawkins and Chris Thomas took the title of top Brits in 19th, with James Peters and Fynn Sterritt in 22nd in their first event in two years.

Full results can be found here.