Euro silver for Hayling Islander Eilidh
Hayling Island sailor Eilidh McIntyre and Hannah Mills came away with a silver medal in the 470 Class European Championships.
The pair, who are continuing preparations for the delayed Tokyo Olympics this summer, climbed from fourth in the overall standings up to second after the final double-points medal race in Vilamoura, Portugal.
It signalled a welcome return to the podium for the pair, who finished fourth in the World Championship regatta which took place at the same venue in March.
Yet despite claiming a silver in the final big 470 Class event before the Olympics in July, McIntyre insists the duo need to put in plenty of work if they are to be successful at the Games.
She said: ‘It feels so good to be back on the podium. We don’t like to make it easy for ourselves but we had a little less drama this time.
‘We’re really excited to get the silver but big picture-wise we haemorrhaged some points early on. We’ve plenty more learning to take to Tokyo.’
Last week the Games organisers released an athletes’ playbook – effectively rules they must follow once in Japan.
Athletes are set to be subject to daily tests, asked to wear face coverings during medal ceremonies and quarantine on the day of arrival and the next three days.
The British Olympic Association has been handed a boost in its bid to vaccinate all its athletes and support staff prior to the start of the Games.
Under a deal struck between the IOC and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, vaccines will be made available to athletes in nations not in a position to prioritise jabs for those heading to the Japanese capital.