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news - French win Test Event in Rio in Nacra17, Austrian girls in 470 3rd

Aug 11 2014

Billy Besson and Marie Riou won the Test Event in Rio in the Nacra 17 category, while Austrians Lara Vadlau, Jolanta Ogar finish 3rd in 470.

Nearly 330 athletes from 34 countries got settled in Rio last July to contest the "Test Event" in Rio with a main objective : gain experience on the competition courses and familiarize with the weather conditions and location which will be the venue for the next Olympic and Paralympic sailing events in 2016.

Billy Besson and Marie Riou, the Nacra 17 French duo of the French Sailing Team who won the world title in 2013, are once again on the top of the podium! After winning the Test Event on Friday 8 August, the duo is already looking ahead to the upcoming World Championship in Santander.

Marie Riou says at the end of the competition in Rio: « We were supposed to race a total of 4 days and then a medal race, with legs inside the bay of Rio and some outside, but the weather conditions decided otherwise. There have been days without wind and no opportunity to take a start and other days with too much wind to sail outside the bay. We have won the competition with 4 bullets out of 8 and a third place in the medal race: it was a good week! We are very happy to have experienced the location and the city of Rio. We had time to go up to Corcovado and to see the beaches. The waters are really beautiful but complicated to sail on, we will need to come back to train here again."

Austrians girls Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar, the 2014 European Champions in 470 were also keen to gain experience in the tricky waters of Rio. The duo was doing well and showed nerves of steel and solid tactics in the Medal Race coming from behind and climbing on the podium at the very last minute taking Bronze.

The next crucial sailing event in 2014 will take place from 8 to 21 September at the ISAF World Championship in Santander where all olympic and paralympic series will gather.

© Jacques Vapillon