“We are sad but with a high forehead“, summarized the sailor Santiago Lange after resign in the Argentine morning of this Sunday any chance of getting a medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the Nacra 17 sailing class in which she competes in partnership with Cecilia Carranza Saroli.
“We did something wrong these days in Tokyo “, accepted the Olympic champion in Rio de Janeiro 2016, who anyway appreciated having reached a new final in an Olympic Games.
Lange-Carranza Saroli qualified for the Medal Race next Tuesday but they will not be able to aspire to a place on the podium, so they will resign the gold medal that was hung five years ago in Brazil.
Lange and Carranza will not be able to repeat a medal. Photo EFE / Lavandeira Jr
Just on the least opportune day, the Argentine duo had a performance under of what his performance had been during most of the regattas, thus completing, to add insult to injury, a second half that in general was far from expected by the standards of Olympic champions.
Is that after adding a second, fourth and fifth place in the first six races, in the second half of the competition they barely achieved a sixth place and at three o’clock this Sunday morning in Japan they did not pass the eighth.
Thus, despite ending seventh in the general table and ensure their presence on the last day, when the 10 best boats arrive, the number of points will not reach them and they will not be able to keep any medal. They came from being nothing less than Olympic champions in Rio 2016.
“This is sport. The truth is that this week we sailed worse than during all the preparation. There are no excuses, we had everything to be able to reach the height. With time we will have to review what we could have done differently, “said Lange in dialogue with TyC Sports.
The faces of the Argentine flag bearers say it all. Photo REUTERS / Carlos Barria
For his part, Carranza Saroli acknowledged: “This week rivals were better than us and you have to accept it. The feeling is sad but you have to turn the page and move on. “
“During our preparation we did not lack anything, we had everything to train, we gave everything and that leaves us alone“, he concluded.