=== Silver for U.S. sailors in open tornado class ===
Athens, Greece (Sports Network) - The United States team of John Lovell and
Charlie Ogletree won a silver medal Saturday in sailing's open tornado division
at the Summer Olympics.
The American tandem, which has sailed together for the past 11 years, had a
least a silver medal heading into the day's final race, but a slim chance
to catch the Austrian crew of Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, the
defending gold medalists.
However, things did not go well for the Americans, as they struggled throughout
the final race, which was their worst of the Games. After the first mark, they
found themselves behind the leaders by 1 minute, 27 seconds. The second and
third marks were not much better, as the lead was stretched to over 3 1/2
The Americans gained a bit after the fourth mark, but the final two stages
proved no better, as the difference in the end was six minutes, pushing them
into 10th place for the race, but second overall.
Their second place finish was a giant improvement, as they were seventh in the
2000 Olympics in Sydney and eighth in Atlanta.
As for the Austrians, they dominated the tornado event, winning four races,
including the final one by a comfortable margin. They finished with 34 net
points, 11 better than the Americans.
Argentina was a distant third and settled for the bronze medal.
In the star division, Americans Paul Cayard and Phil Trinter had high hopes
coming into the Games, but in the end left without a medal. They finished well
back in the fifth spot, after a dreadful final race. Their 16th place finish
cost them any chance of a medal.
"It was a very hard Regatta. The wind was very difficult, which didn?t help me
as I am not particularly good when the wind is crazy," said Cayard, who
participated in the 1984 Olympics as an alternate." Ross (MacDonald), Brombey
and Torben Grael are usually good when the wind is difficult. On the contrary,
I am better if the wind is a bit more steady."
The gold medal went to the Brazil team of Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira,
who clinched the gold medal earlier in the week. They got off to a great start
in the star division, winning two of the first four events and finishing in the
top five in the first seven races.
Canada's Ross MacDonald and Mike Wolfs took the silver, while France's Xavier
Rohart and Pascal Rambeau won bronze.
08/28 10:28:36 ET