Sailing: Maloney Wins Finn Gold Cup as Sailing Olympic Qualification Comes to a Close

Maloney led all boats for most of the competition to win gold at the 2021 Finn Gold Cup. The event also doubled as the African and European qualifier to the Olympics. The highest ranked eligible boat qualified their nation to the games. The Finn Gold Cup was held in Porto, Portugal from May 5th to May 12th 2021.

Initially, five days of racing were scheduled, but with poor weather conditions only three days were held. In response to the upcoming storm, the first day contained three races where New Zealand’s Andy Maloney led all boats, holding a one-point lead over Spain’s Joan Cardona.

Due to the poor weather, no races were held over the next two days. The fourth day contained three races were Maloney maintained his lead, holding a five-point lead over 2018 World Championship gold medalist Zsombor Berecz of Hungary.

Three more races were contested on the final day and despite a relatively poor first race by Maloney he was able to use the next two races to extend his lead and win gold with a total net score of 44. Cardona won silver and the European Olympic quota (51 points) while New Zealand’s Josh Junior finished in the bronze medal position (54 points). The African Olympic quota was won by South Africa’s Leo Davis

This was the final opportunity for nations to qualify in sailing, all that remains is for nations to confirm their quotas and for the tripartite commission to select which nations will compete in laser and laser radial.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Finn
* South Africa
* Spain

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