Sailing: Junior Leads 2019 Finn Gold Cup From Start to Finish to take World Title

Leading from start to finish, Josh Junior was unmatched as he won gold at the 2019 Finn Gold Cup. The event also doubled as the Oceania continental Olympic qualifier. The highest ranked eligible athlete from Oceania qualified their nation to the games. The Finn Gold Cup was held in Melbourne, Australia from December 13th to December 21st 2019.

The first day of competition saw two races being held where two New Zealanders, Josh Junior and Andy Maloney finished the day jointly in first with six points each. Junior would take sole position of the lead on the second day where two more races were held, having a total of 12 points, fourteen fewer than his nearest competitor. The third day had poor weather and no races were held. To compensate this the fourth day contained three races. In addition, the worst overall result was dropped. Junior maintained his lead where he had a total of 17 net points, a 13-point lead over Great Britain’s Giles Scott. While three races were scheduled on the fifth day only two were held as Junior grew his lead to 16 points over the Netherlands’ Nicholas Heiner. The medal race on the final day saw a conservative effort by Junior to maintain his overall lead as he would go on to win the gold medal with 44 points. The silver medal went to Heiner (52 points) while the bronze was won by Hungary’s Zsombor Berecz (53 points).

As Australia was the only eligible Oceania nation to compete, they automatically won the quota with it officially going to fifth place finisher Jake Lilley for being the highest placed Australian in the competition.

This was the final opportunity for Oceania nations to qualify in this event. The next continent to have its Finn class qualifier will be North America while the next class to have its Oceania qualifier will be the 470.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Finn
* Australia

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