Olympics-Sailing-New Zealand and Britain vie for women's gold

Reuters Middle East

WEYMOUTH, England, Aug 10 (Reuters) - New Zealand and

Britain were going into the 470 women's final on equal points at

the London Olympic sailing on Friday, with gold the prize for

one team.

World champions Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark of Britain and

World Cup winners Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie, level after 10

races, were fighting to decide the colour of their medals off

England's south coast.

Dutch duo Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout, in third place

overall, were racing to avenge their defeat in this year's world

championships by France's Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron

who beat them to silver.

Lecointre and Geron were lying fourth, three points behind

commercial pilot Westerhof and Berkhout going into Friday's

medal race.

Brazil, Australia and Italy were also in contention for the

bronze with the race counting for double points.

The first 10 of the 20-strong field qualified for the medal

final raced on the spectator-friendly Nothe course. The 470

conventional racing dinghy is the one boat which is the same for

men and women.

Winds freshened on Friday after the women's lay day on

Thursday and shifted to southeasterly, bringing the swell from

the ocean.

(Editing by Clare Fallon)

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