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World Sailor of the Year: Britain’s Hannah Mills & Saskia Clark win top female prize

Clark and Mills

Clark and Mills brought an end to their sailing partnership with the prestigious prize

Olympic champions Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have won the prestigious female World Sailor of the Year Award.

Mills and Clark improved on the silver they won in London by taking Olympic gold in the women’s 470 event in Rio.

Four-time world champion Giles Scott, who won Finn gold at Rio 2016, was nominated for the men’s award but it went to Argentina’s Santiago Lange.

“I’ve got the gold medal that was the childhood dream and the goal we set,” said Clark, 37, who retired after Rio.

Mills, 28, added: “Our whole six years together has been focused on building our team, making it as strong as it can be.

“London was a rushed Olympics where we had 18 months and it was kind of hashed together. Rio we had four years to really get it right and our team is at the centre of this. To finish like this is just means everything.”

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Hannah Mills targets fresh Tokyo challenge in 2020 despite considering joining partner Saskia Clark in retirement.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/sailing/37919402