Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield were able to celebrate last night when, after being made to wait for 24 hours, they were told they had been selected for their second Olympic Games. They will go to Athens in the 470 dinghy.
But the selectors, chaired by Dick Batt, may take another week to decide the fate of Leigh McMillan and Mark Bulkeley in the Tornado catamaran. They were silver medallists in the World Championships of Olympic Sailing in Cadiz this week and have been on top form all year. But their rivals for the job, Hugh Styles and Adam May, who were at the Sydney Games, have a long history of success, which the selectors wish to take into account.
In the women's 470, Christina Bassadone and Katherine Hopson had a personal best of fifth in their world championship. However, it may be that what is still a developing partnership will, like Laura Baldwin in the Europe and Natasha Sturges in the windsurfer, be asked to meet further performance criteria.