Aussies Outteridge, Jensen seal 49er gold

Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have sealed an Olympic title in the men's 49er class in the waters off Weymouth and Portland.


Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have sealed an Olympic title in the men's 49er class in the waters off Weymouth and Portland.

The pair finished Day Ten's penultimate race in third place and established an unassailable lead ahead of the medal race on Day Twelve.

The performance caps a great day for Australia in the waters off Weymouth and Portland after .

Outteridge and Jensen won Day Ten's 14th race and finished third in the 15th for a total of 48 points going into the final medal race on Day Twelve.

New Zealand are their nearest rivals on 76, meaning that if Australia finishes last in the medal race it will add 20 points to their total, still not enough to be overhauled for the gold.

Basically, finish the race and collect the gold.

Together Outteridge and Jensen have been world champions for the past three years and their victory has been a long time in the making.

"Nothing is ever as straightforward as it seems. I never expected it to end up like this," Jensen said.

"I've learnt a lot along the way. It's been unreal. It's just been years and years of hard work. It's just a lot of satisfaction.

"We knew we could do it, but the fact that we could do it before the medal race is all the more awesome."

Outteridge, who finished fifth in Beijing, said he and Slingsby (22nd in 2008) had been dreaming of making amends at the London Games.

"Who would have thought it would happen on the same day?" Outteridge said.

"We are going to have a good one tonight, that's for sure."

The Australian pair said watching Slingsby sail to gold earlier in the day was the perfect preparation.

"We saw about three quarters of Tom's race before going out," Jensen said.

"We were actually a bit late because we were glued to the (television) screen. But luckily we settled down."

"Just to hear that Australian anthem over there (in the boat park). To get two golds on the same day - it's amazing," added Outteridge.

Jensen said it was a fantastic achievement, especially as close friends and training partners Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand wrapped up the silver medal.

"That last race went as good as it could have gone. We got a top three and the Kiwis fought back to secure second," he said.

"We have trained with them for four years and to come away with gold and silver is really good."