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John Gimson and Anna Burnet win Nacra 17 World Championship silver




Key result in countdown to Paris 2024


John Gimson and Anna Burnet underlined their Olympic credentials as they claimed a second successive silver medal at the Nacra 17 World Championships in La Grande Motte.

The Olympic silver medallists went into the medal race needing an unlikely turn of events to be able to overhaul Tokyo champions and training partners Ruggero Tita and Catalina Banti.

The bigger threat came from those behind the British pair, but they produced a fine final performance, finishing third in the medal race to solidify their second spot on the podium.

As was the case a year ago in The Hague, they had to settle for silver behind Tita and Banti, who have now won three world titles on the bounce, in addition to their Olympic crown.

In fact, the last pair to beat them on this stage were Gimson and Burnet, who won back-to-back golds in 2020 and 2021.

Argentinian duo Mateo Majdalani and Eugenia Bosco took the spoils in the medal race but it was not quite enough to sneak onto the podium, with another Italian pair, Gianluigi Ugolini and Maria Giubilei taking bronze.

Gimson and Burnet enjoyed a strong regatta, winning six of 15 races prior to the medal race.

That was the most of any crew, but the superior consistency of Tita and Banti made the difference as they ended up winning by 20 points, with Gimson and Burnet a further 17 points clear of bronze.

The British pair will now shift their focus to a venue a couple of hours east along the Mediterranean coastline, the Marseille Marina which will be the venue for the Paris Olympics.

As well as Gimson and Burnet, there was another British duo competing, Theo and Jasmine Williams. They finished on 147 points, in 33rd overall.

Full results from the regatta are here.

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