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Hudson, Jim just miss out on top 10 at World Championships
- Updated: February 29, 2016
Having led the fleet at the halfway mark, SA’s sailors had to settle for 11th spot when the 470 World Championships came to an end in Argentina over the weekend.
Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson were nevertheless pleased with 11th spot overall – their best world championships result to date and a vast improvement on previous years.
‘We are very delighted especially in this year’s worlds as we build up to the [Olympic] Games,’ Jim told World Sailing.
‘I can say it is the right message to our competitors, and it is the right step for us to see what we can do with good equipment. It has given us more motivation of what we can do and where we need to work now.’
Referring to the new boat that they sailed, thanks to the National Lotteries Commission and SA Sailing, Hudson added: ‘Sure the boat has helped, but we have been training like crazy for a very long time and it is nice to be paying off.
’32nd at the ISAF Worlds in 2014, 21st at the 2015 470 Worlds and 11th here. We are making progress in the right direction which is the most important thing. And we are hungrier than ever to keep working hard and get to an end goal.
‘It’s a real honour to come 11th in a fleet of this calibre – as there are such good sailors all the way through,’ added Hudson.
The 470 World Championships men’s event was won by Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic of Croatia with the New Zealand pair of Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox taking silver.
Meanwhile, Jim and Hudson will now head to Spain for two events in March and early April before they head to France.
‘From May to July we will predominantly spend our time getting finely tuned in Rio at the Olympic venue,’ said Hudson.
Picture of World Championships action courtesy of Mattias Capizzano