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Today (July 29) starts the debut of the sport of sailing at London 2012. From today, until August 4, preliminary rounds will be played out in various events. August 5 to 11: the medal rounds.

Today, the men's finn, star, and women's elliott 6m events starts things off.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/sailing/schedule-and-results/day=29-july/all-day.html

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Looking forward to the sailing competition. New Zealand is represented in 9 of the 10 events and we have a chance in several of the events.

The British must be the favourites at these games on home waters.

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Brazil (again) is already doing great in sailing...

Indeed, before London 2012 starts, it was the sport that bring more medals to our nation (now Judo passed but Sailing competition is not finished yet).

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August 4 is the final day of just having preliminary races for sailing, before the Olympic medals are handed out, starting the next day.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/sailing/schedule-and-results/day=4-august/all-day.html

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After all those races and round robin competitions, it is Olympic medals time for the next few days. Olympic medals that are up for grabs come from the men's Star and men's Finn classes for August 5.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/sailing/schedule-and-results/day=5-august/all-day.html

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Talk about luck. Ben Ainslie wins gold despite finishing 2nd to last in the medal race. The last place person was the one he needed to beat.

Luck schmuck. Big Ben pinned the poor Dane to the back, stole all his wind - a complete thug, but that's what gets the overall win. He does owe the Dutchman a beer though for fading fast.

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Nothing to do with luck at all. Neither of those two were going to go out to the front - they were always going to cover one another and have a slow fight on the water. The commentators beforehand said this would be a race at the back between Ainslie and the Dane for Gold. They foresaw these tactics.

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Awesome result for Ben Aisnlie - especially what the Danish and Dutch sailers did a few days ago - when they lied to force him to do a penalty turn.

The Brit is now the greatest sailor in Olympic history.

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Final medal results for the following events on August 5.

Men's Star:

- GOLD: Fredrik Loof / Max Salminen (Sweden)

- SILVER: Iain Percy / Andrew Simpson (GREAT BRITAIN)

- BRONZE: Robert Scheidt / Bruno Prada (Brazil)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/sailing/event/star-men/phase=sam007101/doc=summary.html

Men's Finn:

- GOLD: Ben Ainslie (GREAT BRITAIN)

- SILVER: Jonas Hogh-Christensen (Denmark)

- BRONZE: Jonathan Lobert (France)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/sailing/event/finn-men/phase=sam002101/doc=summary.html

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More Olympic medals on the line for August 6. This time, it is in the women's laser radial and men's laser classes.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/sailing/schedule-and-results/day=6-august/all-day.html

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Man! NZ better get some medals in the sailing today! Chrissakes we're an America's Cup nation!

Can't believe we are not wiping course with everyone.

Echaels should be allowed in aswell.

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Man! NZ better get some medals in the sailing today! Chrissakes we're an America's Cup nation!

Can't believe we are not wiping course with everyone.

Echaels should be allowed in aswell.

No chances for New Zealand today as the Mens Laser is out of contention. We have three crews currently in Medal positions including the 49er class and womens 470s in Silver and Mens 470s in Bronze.

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Final medal results for the following class events on August 6.

Women's Laser Radial:

- GOLD: XU Lijia (China)

- SILVER: Marit Bouwmeester (Netherlands)

- BRONZE: Evi van Acker (Belgium)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/sailing/event/laser-radial-women/phase=saw103101/doc=summary.html

Men's Laser:

- GOLD: Tom Slingsby (Australia)

- SILVER: Pavlos Kontides (Cyprus)

- BRONZE: Rasmus Myrgren (Sweden)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/sailing/event/laser-men/phase=sam004101/doc=summary.html

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New Zealand guaranteed a silver medal in the 49er class... A great result from the Kiwis and it is the first time since 1992 that NZ has won a sailing medal in a class other than Boardsailing (RSX).

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