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Top ten for Wrigley and McIntyre

Heathcote/Orr scoop 14th

Tokyo 2020 gold medallist Eilidh McIntyre has vowed to “learn and push forward” after finishing tenth at the 470 World Championship.

McIntyre and helm Martin Wrigley were among the 60-boat fleet that hit the waters of Sdot Yam in Israel for six days of intense action.

The duo went into battle alongside British teammates Vita Heathcote and Ryan Orr, with both crews looking to better their scores at the European Championship last month.

Over the 12-race regatta the fleet had to contend with tricky, unstable Mediterranean winds which made for high-risk racing – and any slip-ups proved costly.

Heathcote and Orr were up to eighth at one stage of the regatta after staging a midweek comeback, but some high scores on the penultimate day saw them close out the week in 14th.

Wrigley and McIntyre went into the medal race in ninth, with a mathematical chance of finishing third. However a ninth in the ten-boat finale saw them forced to settle for tenth overall.

“We had super tight racing with beautiful but tricky conditions,” said McInytre, who won gold alongside Hannah Mills in Tokyo before the 470 class switched to mixed crews for Paris 2024.

“It was hard to figure out the strategy each day and any mistake was seriously costly especially in the pack. We didn’t hit our goals this week and that’s always disappointing, but the important part comes next to make sure we learn and push forward.”

The final major event of the British Sailing Team’s 2022 calendar sees the ILCA 6 and 7 athletes take on the European Championships in Hyeres, France, from November

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