SCOOP Olympic Update, Sunday 24 Sept, 2000
Article: Mathew Loh
NEW ZEALAND skill on the water was again highlighted today when former world champion board-sailor Aaron McIntosh took
the bronze medal in the men's mistral class yachting on Sydney Harbour.
It was New Zealand's third bronze and fourth medal of the games with 3 out of the 4 being won on the water. This is
nothing remarkable and can be expected given the outstanding record Kiwi sailors have fashioned at Olympic regattas with
McIntosh's bronze the 15th medal earned by yachties since the first was won at the 1956 Olympiad.
McIntosh proved he ranks as consistently among the world's premier board-sailors by finishing fourth on Sunday to end
the regatta with a score of 48 points which was good enough to join other legendary Kiwi sailors as a winner of an
Argentina's Carlos Espinola completed a great regatta to win silver but the man of the moment was Austria's Cristoph
Sieber who by, remarkably, winning his first major regatta entered history as the Sydney 2000 men's board-sailing gold
In other sailing news Chris Dickson and Glen Sowry achieved their goal of a earning a respectable top ten finish by
ending up in fifth place in open Tornado class. The gold medal was won by the Austrian team - the second Austrian
sailing gold to go with Sieber's victory which represents an incredible effort for a land-locked country - of Roman
Hagara and Peter Steinhacer.
And in the men's 470 class the New Zealand crew of Peter Nicolas and Simon Cooke are sitting eighth at the conclusion of
In other New Zealand news Greco-Roman wrestlers Jothan Pellew and Rasoul Amani were both completely outclassed as each
suffered consecutive defeats.
It was an expected result as the two wrestlers were part of campaign which was tainted by a scandalous firing of a coach
and such a strained preparation was obvious as Pellew in the 54 kg class was beaten 15-0 by Cuban Lazaro Riva and 16-0
by tough Turk Ercan Yildiz; Amani fared no better in the 63kg class where he was beaten 11 by Switzerland's Beat Motzer
before being completely overwhelmed 14-0 by Yashutoshi Motoki of Japan.
Kylie Foy's impressive woman's hockey team secured their place in the medal round despite suffering a 3-0 loss to gold
medal favourites Australia.