26 apr 2021
European and African Olympic qualifiers 49er 49erFx Nacra17
The Spanish team proved to be more than ready for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, taking 3 podiums with two golds and a bronze: Diego Botín and Iago López topping the 49er, Canary Islands favourite Tara Pacheco and Catalan Florian Trittel leading in Nacra 17 and Tamara Echegoyen with Paula Barceló surprising with 49er FX bronze.
From the Canary Islands to Tokyo: Ireland secured the Olympic berth in the 49er, Belgium in the women's 49er FX class and Finland the Nacra 17 Olympic ticket.
Lanzarote had very tough conditions during the last day of racing, with lots of short but very big waves, with a high probability of capsizing the boats, as well as 14-16 knots with an easterly, southerly, easterly component. This Friday was the last qualifying race before the Medal Race for the gold groups of the men's 49er and the women's 49er FX, as well as the mixed group of the Nacra 17. This last regatta was lived with intense emotion in the Lanzarote racecourses, as they finally put names to the places for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020: Ireland (49er), Belgium (49er FX) and Finland (Nacra 17). However, it was the entire Spanish team that excelled in the pre-Olympics that took place in the Canary Islands, managing to celebrate in record time all the daily scheduled races, with perfect weather and sailing conditions according to the sailors, which they describe as "champagne conditions."
The islands not only became the continental qualifier for Europe and Africa, but also set the stage where over 100 competitors from more than 30 countries from all over the world competed. But it has been the Spanish armada that proved to be more than ready during the Canary Islands pre-Olympics to sweep Tokyo, with the Cantabrian Diego Botin and the Galician Iago Lopez crowned gold in the men's 49er and getting the best score of the competition, with more than 20 points difference with the Danes. Jonas Warrer and Jakob Precht won the silver for Denmark on the Lanzarote regatta course, while at the last moment, the Irish Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove not only got the Olympic pass, but also won the Medal Race and took the bronze from the English, with a difference of only 5 points.