With 14 points behind the English Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre, in the lead before this Medal Race, the French, coached by the Douarnenist Gildas Philippe, were only 4 points ahead of the Poles Agnieszka Skrzypulec – Jolanta Ogar. We also had to be wary of the Slovenes Tina Mrak -Véronique Macarol, 4th at 16 points who could still hope for a medal.
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Tuesday, on his Instagram account, Aloïse Retornaz had perfectly summed up the situation: “If we finish in the first seven, it’s a guaranteed medal.
– For gold, you have to put six boats between us and GBR and at most just behind Poland.
– For the money: at most, you have to be just behind Poland and five boats away from the Slovenes ”.
Camille Lecointre, 36 years old (bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics with Hélène Defrance), and Aloïse Retornaz, 27 years old, double European champions 2019 and 2021, elected “Sailors of the year 2019” wanted to go find the ‘gold but that did not depend only on them: “If, at one point, it does not do any more for the gold medal, it will be necessary to refocus on the money. The gold medal is less in our hands so it’s not up to us. Afterwards, the English women can crack, take a premature start (laughs…), make mistakes. We are not going to be satisfied with trying to plant the Englishwoman because we have our place to defend ”, they said the day before.
In a rather light wind, 7-11 knots from the south, the Bretons could not play their game. Marked and watched by the English, they let Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre go to gold and did not failed to keep the Poles at bay on the last leg of the spinnaker.
Sixth in this final, Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz finished on the third step of the podium but a complaint was quickly lodged by the Blue.
Indeed, when passing the last buoy, the English women surprisingly let the Poles pass, allowing the latter to steal the silver medal from the French women.
After crossing the finish line, we immediately saw Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz in great discussion with the juries present on the water.
World Sailing then confirmed the claim. In sailing, the VAR does not exist but in this specific case, the images can help in decision making. We can see quite disturbing things, such as this gesture by the Polish teammate who thanked the English after the disputed overtaking. We also saw the Briton Hannah Mills, gold medalist, in tears on the ground, the Poles with closed faces and the French very smiling …
In the end, the claim was rejected: the French women remain in bronze. Weird …
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