QINGDAO, East China, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Australian duo Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson claimed 470 Women gold medal at Olympic Sailing Regatta here on Monday.
Leading the preliminaries with an 18-point margin over the Netherlands, the Australian pair tried to block its nearest rival from the first mark, finishing 9th and 10th respectively. The Netherlands managed to escape the block to leave the Australians the last in the second mark.
While Brazil led the fleet in the third mark, the Netherlands rebounded to the 6th position. Brazil kept its advantage to the finishing line and Netherlands finished 5th. Although Australia finished 9th in the medal race, its overall 43 points sealed up Australia's second gold medal at Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center.
The total 53 points brought Marcelien de Koning and Lobke Berkhout from the Netherlands the silver medal and the bronze medal went to Fernanda Oliveira and Isabel Swan from Brazil with 60 points.