18 Dec 2011

Four NZ crews in medal contention

6:57 am on 18 December 2011

The New Zealand sailing team will be represented in each of today's final four medal races at the sailing world championships off Perth.

The two New Zealanders vying for the country's one place in the men's RS:X windsurfing class at next year's London Olympics, JP Tobin and Tom Ashley, are both into the final with Beijing gold medallist Ashley sixth and Tobin seventh, with only five points between them.

Laser sailor Andrew Murdoch is well placed in fifth overall heading into the medal race while Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie finished the womens' 470 fleet racing series in fourth, as did mens' 49ers Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.

Two more country qualifications for the 2012 Games were also confirmed on Saturday, and New Zealand has now a reserved spot in all nine classes being sailed by New Zealanders in Perth.

The men's RS:X and women's 470 were the last two to qualify in Perth when they made the medal round.