IAIN PERCY AND ANDREW SIMPSON SECURE SILVER MEDAL
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson were denied a second successive Olympic gold as Sweden won the final medal race to clinch the Star title in Weymouth.
Iain and Andrew, who won gold in Beijing in 2008, had taken an eight-point cushion over Brazil and a 12-point lead over Sweden into the double points-scoring medal race but were unable to keep pace with the Swedes in the light breeze.
Percy, 36, told BBC Sport: “It feels cruel sometimes. It was ridiculous conditions at the end. We feel a little robbed, but that is the way it goes.
“We’re hurting so much inside but it makes it so much easier to know [the supporters] are so happy for us. The crowd for me today is going to be a highlight of my life and probably the only thing that puts a smile back on my face.”
Simpson, 36, added: “You are never 100% confident. We didn’t get it right and can’t blame anyone but ourselves. We had a great regatta overall. We are really frustrated. We tried our hardest, but it wasn’t to be.”
The Swedish boat took an early lead on the flat waters in front of the massed spectators around the Nothe Fort in Weymouth.
“We feel a little robbed,” he said. “We just got very light at the end and it’s very up and down and puffy when you sail so close to the shore. That’s why we don’t like racing in those conditions. If you raced there over the week it would even out but on one day you can get it wrong.
“I personally have never been a fan from the beginning. I think the aim of the sport should always be to average out so the best boat wins. You don’t want to feel it’s a lottery. “But look, let’s not dwell on that, the Swedes are unbelievable competitors. I have known Freddy for over 20 years and he is one of the nicest guys in the fleet. One of the few things which puts a smile on my face is the thought that he is standing there with a gold medal around his neck after 20 years of effort. And he deserved it today and deserves it for the week.”