The venue for sailing at next year’s Olympic Games is set to host the 470 World Championships from tomorrow as athletes battle it out for gold medals and for some a place at Tokyo Olympic 2020. Olympic Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Sailing can get Olympic Sailing Tickets online.
Enoshima located around 60 kilometers south of the Japanese capital will welcome 184 athletes from 30 nations for the World Championships which conclude on Friday, August 9. The event offers those sailors who have not already secured an Olympic berth the chance to qualify for the Tokyo Summer Games 2020.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan of Australia, ranked number one in the world have already booked a spot at Tokyo 2020 and will be hoping to regain the world title from the French duo of Kevin Peponnet and Jeremie Mion.
The French pair arrives in Enoshima as the defending champions but will be wary of the threat posed by their Australian rivals. Sweden’s Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström who has finished inside the top four at 13 of the 16 events they have competed at could also challenge.
A total of eight Japanese teams are in contention for a place at Tokyo Olympic 2020. France’s Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz will be among the favorites in the women’s event having won the European title earlier this year.
Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntrye of Britain are the world’s top-ranked team and will be aiming to lay down a marker prior to next year’s Olympic competition at the same venue.
Wright triumphed at the 2018 Europeans in Cadiz in Spain before rounding off the season with third at the World Cup Series on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic sailing glasses of water of Enoshima.
Spain’s Silvia Mas Depares and Patricia Cantero Reina broke into the podium positions after two fourth-place finishes leaving the pair with 24 points. In the men’s competition, Australia’s Matthew Belcher and Will Ryan extended their lead by finishing first and having a seventh-place finish discarded.
While non-European crews cannot compete for the title, they can use the event as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games. Some 29 countries are taking part, with entries from as far afield as China, Japan, Australia, India, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States.
Australia’s 2017 world champions Matt Belcher and Will Ryan, who won gold at London 2012 and silver at Rio 2016 alongside Rio 2016 bronze medalists Takis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis of Greece, will be in a men’s field containing the top 15 world-ranked crews.
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