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The Olympics 2004: Sailing: Pair's first day is plain sailing.

NICK Rogers and Joe Glanfield have spent four years waiting to avenge their Sydney sailing disappointment - and they started their mission in style in Athens.

The pair, who agonisingly missed out on bronze in the 470 class by just one point four years ago, lead the fleet after the first two races of the 11race series. They finished a consistent third and second in the deep blue waters of the Saronic Gulf where inconsistent light breezes made the fleet's work extra hard.

Their nearest rivals, Brazil's Bernando Arndt and Alexandre Paradeda, are just one point behind after winning the second race. First race winners, the USA's Paul Foerster and Kevin Burnham, are back in third.

Much of the pre-Games talk has been dominated by the notoriously tricky conditions at the Olympic sailing centre, where wind direction is famously unpredictable.

But the British duo have fond memories of the venue, winning silver in last year's preGames regatta, a victory that started a winning roll which led to victory at this season's European Championships.

'This is a fantastic start,' said team chief Stephen Park.

'They felt the medal was stolen from them in Sydney and have a point to prove.'

Rogers was delighted with the results but stayed cautious, with nine races still to go before the medals are decided next Saturday. He said: 'The sailing was perfect, I really enjoyed the conditions.'
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 15, 2004
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