PARALYMPICS: Lucas Extends Lead and Eyes Gold
7:47am 5th September 2012
Helena Lucas extended her lead in the charge for sailing gold on day four of the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Regatta at Weymouth and Portland yesterday (Tuesday 4 September).
Lucas picked up from where she left off yesterday, scoring yet another race win – her third in succession and fourth overall – which she followed up with a solid fourth in the second race of the day in the 2.4 Metre one-person keelboat class.
With eight of the 11 races now complete, Lucas, the only woman in the fleet, holds an 11-point advantage over her nearest rival, Heiko Kroger (GER) in second, with three races to come.
It was a tricky day in Portland Harbour with swinging breeze causing an initial delay to the start of racing, then race abandonments and course re-sets.
But Portland-based Lucas did not show any impact of that disruption once racing did get underway in earnest.
She said: “It was a really long day. We must have been on the water for about six hours with really shifty conditions. It was a great first race and then I had to work hard in the second race.