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Pimentel hails ‘best race’ of his career

Cameron Pimentel continues to make a mockery of his wild-card status after finishing day two of the Lasers with a performance that more than suggests he belongs at the Olympics.

Pimentel produced a career-best display to finish 27th out of 46 competitors in race four to leave the Bermudian in 39th overall with 99 points.

His previous highest in Rio was 31st in Monday's opening race, with the 25-year-old admitting he should not be achieving such impressive results against the world's best sailors.

“I've had some other good races but to have that kind of result at the Olympics is a really great feeling, especially when you see who you're beating,” Pimentel said.

“It's definitely up there for sure, if not the best race of my career.”

Pimentel has only been racing in the Laser class for the past couple of years and is one of only two wild-card sailors in Rio.

Manuel Lelo of Angola, the other wild card, has not finished higher than 43rd to put Pimentel's eye-catching start to the ten-race series into context.

“I definitely think I can be in that middle group, but when you think about it I got here on a wild card,” said Pimentel, who has discarded his worst finish of 45th in Monday's second race.

“The other wild-card guy is at the very, very back, which is technically where I should be. It's nice to do better than what people think I'm going to do.

“The races are so tough and tight and any of the top guys can be down the back, and any of the back guys can be down the front.

“The key is being completely consistent throughout the whole race. Sometimes it can be like doing ten races within one.”

Pimentel placed 41st in yesterday's opener but responded from that mini setback with a mistake-free second race to leave his confidence soaring ahead of today's two outings in Guanabara Bay.

“I was able to stay in that middle group and be as fast as everybody else and that's great for the confidence.

“When you have a good race you try and take those moments and bring them into the next race to help you improve.”

Pimentel said the relatively light conditions in yesterday's final race were tailored to his strengths.

“When the wind dropped in the second race they were almost my optimal conditions, perhaps a tiny bit lighter would have been really nice,” he said.

Julio Alsogaray of Argentina, who won yesterday's second race, leads the fleet with seven points, followed by Croatia's Tonci Stipanovic in second with 13 points and Sam Meech of New Zealand in third with 14 points.

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Published August 10, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated August 10, 2016 at 1:50 am)

Pimentel hails ‘best race’ of his career

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