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Sailing Success

Helen Lucas wins first Paralympic sailing medal for Great Britain
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Britain won its first Paralympic sailing medals since the sport joined the full Paralympic Games programme in Weymouth yesterday, when Helena Lucas won gold in the 2.4mR class and the team of Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell took bronze in the SKUD class.

As a leading supporter of the British Sailing Team in the Olympic and Paralympic Classes since 2006, G4S congratulates the Paralympics GB sailors on their medal winning performances.  

Despite the final day of sailing in Weymouth being cancelled due to lack of wind, British sailors were able to celebrate success in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

37-year-old Lucas, the only woman in her fleet, finished nine points ahead of Germany’s Heiko Kroger to secure her top podium spot. Born with defects in both thumbs, Lucas is a three time World Championship bronze medallist in the 2.4mR class, which uses a single-handed small keelboat.

Lucas was in gold medal position for all but one of the 10 races, so was guaranteed at least a silver medal going into the final day, while Rickham and Birrell were also guaranteed at least bronze. Due to the lack of breeze and cancellation of the medal races, the overnight positions remained as the final standings.

Sonar contenders John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas finished in fifth place.