Olympics: Jesse & Zander Kirkland Finish 19th

August 6, 2012

Bermuda’s Jesse and Zander Kirkland concluded competition today [Aug 6] at the 2012 London Olympic Games, finishing 19th in the 49er class with 204 points.

They struggled with some DNFs during the 15-race competition, but also had some very strong showings including a second place finish yesterday and two sixth places finishes.

Their last two races were today and saw them place 18th and 19th. Today’s finishes added to their 13 other races which took place over the past week, which saw them recording finishes of: 19, 19, 18, 12, 12, 10, 6, 6, 2, with 4 “DNF” [did not finish].

This was the first Olympic appearance for the Kirklands, who joined a small group of very elite sailors in the competition, as the event only allowed for 20 teams to qualify.

Although the medal race has not yet taken place, Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen sealed the gold medal as they established an unassailable lead.

Bermuda’s last two athletes will compete tomorrow, with long jumper Arantxa King and triathlete Tyler Butterfield both set to see action. View all our Olympic coverage here.

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  1. Fantastic!... says:

    Fantastic to have initially qualified, and some good races in there. Look out Rio!!

  2. Triangle Drifter says:

    Great to be in the top 20just to qualify. Y’all are young yet. Get some more racing water behind you. Next time.

  3. Moonbeam says:

    Peter Bromby and Lee White will tell you that “Rome wasn’t built in a day” !
    Bermuda is proud of you ! Here’s to Rio in 2016 !

  4. Moonbeam says:

    Hats off to BerNews for their up-to-the-minute coverage of our Bermuda Olympians’ events. It’s the next best thing to being there !