Jordi Xammar and Nicolás Rodríguez are the new runners-up in Europe of the Olympic class 470. The Spanish team won the silver medal and finished in the fourth position of the open general classification. In six days of competition, and two days in white, Xammar and Rodriguez added a set of 8 + 1 + 3 + 3 + 4 plus a DNF after breaking the stick in the last race on Saturday, and recorded a 14 (seventh place) in the medal race.
"This medal shows us that the line of work that we are following is paying off and that our level is the ideal one to fight with the best in the world," Xammar said after finishing the European Championship. The Catalan skipper noted that having been an open competition "no one was missing" and the level was very high.
"The best thing of all is that we have felt comfortable in front and that we have been able to navigate well in all kinds of conditions," said Xammar, although he acknowledged that with the replacement club they did not manage to be as fast as usual.
Galician crew member Nicolás Rodríguez confessed to staying with "desire for more". "It's a spectacular result and we are very happy with the money, before we came we would have signed this medal, but we know that the gold was close; Now we will rest for a few days and we will continue working to become stronger in the face of the World Cup, "he added.
In the Xammar and Rodríguez calendar, the next big challenge will be to make the most of your August competitions in Enoshima, the sailing venue of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. "The World Cup is the priority, we want to be back in the podium, and then we will take advantage of the Test Event and the World Cup to learn as much as possible about the place, "explained Rodríguez.
In the women's category, Silvia Mas and Patricia Cantero finished the European Championship in fifth place, just four points off the podium. Mas and Cantero reached the last day showing the third European position but in the medal race they were overtaken by their direct rivals. Even so, Mas and Cantero finished the last regatta in the sixth position with which they were placed in the fifth place of the open and European general classification.
For its part, Barbara Cornudella and Sara Lopez, who today did not compete in the medal race, finished the European 470 in 13th place and were decimoquintas in the absolute classification. (tagsToTranslate) jordi (t) xammar (t) nicolas (t) rodriguez (t) silver