2 Apr 2016

Gold medals beckon Maloney and Junior

7:01 pm on 2 April 2016

The New Zealand sailors Andy Maloney and Josh Junior are well placed to win gold medals at a sailing regatta in Spain.

Maloney (Laser) and Junior (Finn) lead their fleets and are well clear on points heading into the medal races off Majorca.

Andy Maloney

Andy Maloney Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Lying equal with Great Britain's Giles Scott going into the penultimate day, Junior is now in a commanding position with a 19 point unassailable lead in the men's heavy-weight dinghy Finn fleet.

New Zealand sailor Josh Junior.

New Zealand sailor Josh Junior. Photo: Robert Deaves

He simply needs to sail tomorrow's medal race to win his first European event and end Scott's three-year unbeaten run.

Andy Maloney has opened up a 17 point gap on the next best placed sailor.

While the kiwi can mathematically be beaten it would require him to finish tomorrow's medal race at the back of the pack.

Andy Maloney

Andy Maloney Photo: PHOTOSPORT

With no selection announcement made yet in the Laser or Finn classes for the New Zealand Olympic Team both Andy Maloney and Josh Junior are vying for the sole berth in their respective events to represent New Zealand in Rio this August.

They have strong competition however, with Sam Meech in the Laser and Andrew Murdoch in the Finn also on form.

Neither Meech nor Murdoch are competing in Palma, choosing to train elsewhere, but all will be on the start line at this month's World Sailing Cup Regatta in France from 22 - 26 April.

New Zealand's current standings

1st Andy Maloney - Laser (2, 2, 1, 9, 8, 5, 6, 2, 17, 2)

1st Josh Junior - Finn (2, 5, 2, 14, 1, 5, 3, 6, 5, 12)