FREMANTLE, Australia (AP) — Anna Tunnicliffe's U.S. crew set up a women's match-racing final against Britain after beating Russia with a race to spare in the semifinals of the world sailing championships on Thursday.
Tunnicliffe won the first, second and fourth flights of the semifinals against Ekaterina Skudinda of Russia to secure a spot in Friday's gold medal match against Lucy MacGregor, who had to come back from the brink of defeat against Claire Leroy of France.
"We were down 2-nil, but we were feeling confident and strong as a team, which really helped us to pick it up," Macgregor said after winning the last three matches to win the best-of-five semifinal series.
In other categories, top-ranked Tom Slingsby of Australia won his fifth race to move 11 points clear going into the Gold fleet races in Laser and Dorian van Rijsselberghe of Netherlands has pulled away from Nimrod Mashich of Israel in the men's RS:X Gold fleet after Day 13 of the championships.
British pair Paul Goodison and Nick Thompson are in second and third place in the laser, followed by Ashley Brunning of Australia and Simon Groteluschen of Germany.