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Pimentel frustrated by late mistakes

Cameron Pimentel will look to finish the Pan Am Games on a high note after a mistake late in his final Laser Radial race yesterday left him feeling exasperated.

Pimentel seemed set for his best finish of eighth when he was left stranded with no breeze on the last downwind leg, rendering him powerless as several boats overtook him.

“The last race was a tough one for me,” said Pimentel, who came fifteenth in his first race before posting back-to-back thirteenth finishes on Lake Ontario.

“I was heading down to the finish in eighth spot and I lost five places on the last downwind. That made me extremely disappointed for the ride home.

“The other two races didn’t go so well and unfortunately it just wasn’t my day.”

It has been a cruel four days for Pimentel, who has been made painfully aware that there is no room for error against some of the top Laser sailors in the world.

“I’m still finishing around the same positions and I’m just not getting that last little bit to crack the top-ten,” he said.

“I’ll keep on trying and I want to end on a high note. I thought I was going to end on a positive today, but that last bit just killed me.”

Juan Maegli, of Guatemala, leads the Lasers with 43 points from ten races.

Pimentel, who is fourteenth in the 16-boat fleet with 127 points, and team-mate Cecilia Wollmann will both be able to discard their worst result from the competition.

Wollmann is presently eleventh in her event with 92 points. Paige Railey, of the United States, leads the fleet on 39 points with two races remaining today before the top eight split off for the medal race tomorrow..