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London 2012 – Sweden's first gold medal

Swedish sailors win Olympic gold

Published söndag 5 augusti 2012 kl 14.44
Sailors Lööf and Salminen racing ahead of the Great Britain boat to claim first place. Photo: Scanpix

Fredrik Lööf and Max Salminen won the men's star sailing event at the London Olympics on Sunday. The duo began Sunday's medal race in third place in the overall standings, but beat both the British and Brazilian teams to claim the gold, Sweden's first at the London Olympics.

"We knew we had a chance but that it was very small," said the assistant sailing coach Thomas Rahm, speaking to Swedish Television.

Apart from a short span of the medal race when New Zeeland held the lead, Salminen and Lööf were in front throughout.

"They won because they are so knowledgeable. They are incredibly thorough, almost unsoundly thorough. But you have to be that precise to win at this level," Rahm said.

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, racing for Great Britain, failed to consolidate the overall lead they held going into the medal race, finsihing eighth on Sunday and second in the standings.

Salminen and Lööf claimed Sweden's first gold medal at the 2012 Olympics and fourth podium finish overall. Sweden has won medals in sailing at each of the past five Olympic games.

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