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Medal race is a step too far for Wollmann

Confident she belongs: Wollmann and Cristian Noe, her coach, at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club Island clubhouse

Cecilia Wollmann missed out on today’s Laser Radial medal race although she did manage another top-ten finish on the final day of the opening series at the Pan Am Games.

Wollmann knew she had to conjure up the kind of magic that earned her two second-place finishes on Lake Ontario this week to stand any chance of breaking into the top eight.

But she could not quite reproduce those type of showings, coming ninth and eleventh in her final two races, and finishing twelfth overall in the 16-boat fleet.

“It’s been a pretty good week and I’m happy with the way it went overall,” said Wollmann, who had two races abandoned because of insufficient wind when she was leading.

“It was a bit annoying today because I lost an overall position because of the way the results went.

“I just wish those two races when I was leading had not been cancelled. Things might have been different for me then.”

Wollmann, the third youngest sailor in the field, said her hugely encouraging displays have convinced her that she belongs at the international level.

Furthermore, she does not believe she is too far behind her more seasoned rivals, many of whom have Olympic experience, and is now determined to close the gap on them.

“I’m almost there and I don’t think the other guys are that much ahead of me,” said Wollmann, who competed at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico, in November, finishing seventh.

“I can seen if I train enough over the next few years I can be just as good as them, probably even better.”

The Saltus Grammar School pupil, who finished tenth in the Byte CII class at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, last summer, said she had relished every moment in Toronto and has set her sights on representing Bermuda at more major international competitions.

“Walking around the Athletes’ Village and seeing all the other athletes has got me more motivated,” she said.

“It makes me want to train harder and get to another event like this.

“It’s been so much fun and I’ve worked so hard to get here, so I don’t want to stop now.

“The athletes get so much special treatment here and it’s been quite cool being the ‘special one’.”