The New Zealand sailing team claims Gold and Silver in Marseille!

Kiwi sailors Andy Maloney and Josh Junior go to every regatta looking to finish first and second and, for the first time ever, they achieved that at the Hempel World Cup Series Final in Marseille. 

It rounds out a superb European campaign for New Zealand's top Finn sailors, after they collected five medals between them from three regattas. On top of winning in Marseille, Maloney was also first at the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma and second at the Finn European championships. Junior was third in Palma and eighth at the Finn Europeans.

"The Kiwis have had a really good week here in Marseille," Maloney said. "We're making some really good improvements, we're both going really quick and to get one-two is a really good step in the right direction. It's what we set out to do at every regatta but it's cool to pull it off and to keep improving at the same time."

Junior added: "The year has been incredible for us and to finish our last European event with a one-two is the dream end. We have got close a few times and to pull it off is pretty cool.

"Everything is chipping away quite nicely but there are still heaps of things to improve and we have to keep looking, for me especially, at the tactical areas of sailing and we have got some performance gains we think we can make as well. We have to keep pushing forward but things are going really well so we're really excited for the next step."

The pair now head to Japan for a training block before August's Olympic test event and Enoshima World Cup Series event. All roads lead to Tokyo, although only one of them will earn selection for next year's Olympic Games in the Finn.

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