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Road to Rio: Looking ahead to 2.4 mR in 2016 for Norway

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Norway has already qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in this event following their performance at the 2014 World Championships. Norway has one internationally ranked competitor in this class, Bjørnar Erikstad, and he is ranked third. Realistically, this could be considered a second place ranking when it comes to potential Paralympic outcomes as both sailors ahead of him are from Great Britain.

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What events these sailors have been competing at in the past three months can be difficult to track. Garda and Trentino Olympic Week, which took place earlier this month and had a 2.4 meter event, has no ISAF results published on their website. Trofeo Sar Princess Sofia, which took place in Palma de Majorca in late March and early April of this year, does not list results on the ISAF website for this class despite appearing on the program. Erikstad competed in the Trofeo Sar Princess Sofia, which was held in Palma de Majorca in late March and early April of this year, and spoiled a British sweep of the podium by finishing third. Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta in New Zealand in March had this class on their program, but only New Zealand competitors took part. Norwegian sailors competed at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres in April.

 

Norway is most active internationally in the 2.4 Metre and Sonar. SKUD 18 is not a class on their international program. Of the two they compete in, 2.4 Metre is the one they have most international experience in. The past few years have seen them compete in the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, 2014 IFDS Combined World Championships, C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta 2013, 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, 2013 IFDS Combined World Championships, 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, and 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères.

 

Norway has never medaled at the Paralympic Games in this class. They did compete in this event at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

 

Hosts Brazil automatically qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics by virtue of being hosts. At last year’s World Championships in Halifax, Canada, several countries qualified 2.4 mR boats with the final decision as to who would be on those boats up to the NPC. Countries that earned qualifying berths included Germany, Great Britain, France, Australia, United States, Canada, Norway, and Finland.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2529 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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