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Sailing silver for University’s Olympic champion Hannah Mills

 

Hannah Mills MBE (left) and her new sailing partner Eilidh McIntyre

 

OLYMPIC champion and University of Chichester honorary graduate Hannah Mills MBE has spoken of her delight after winning a silver medal at the European championships.

The Great Britain sailor, who was given an honorary doctorate of science in 2017, finished runner-up at the event at Italy’s San Remo. The reigning Olympic 470 champion won gold at the 2016 Rio Games and silver at London 2012 with fellow athlete Saskia Clark MBE, herself a graduate of Chichester’s BSc (Hons) in sports science.

Welsh sailor Mills (above left) and her new partner Eilidh McIntyre, who originates from Hayling Island near the University, started the race in pole position but missed out on top spot to the second-placed French team.

Only six races were held over the week-long competition due to either too much or not enough wind. The weather even caused upsets for the medal race, with the fleet sent out to race only to be told to return home shortly after due to low breeze.

It was a bittersweet end to the event for Mills and McIntyre, who won the Princess Sofia Trophy regatta in Palma in April, and had been leading in San Remo all week. Hannah said: “The medal race was a tough race for us. But we still came away with silver and we’re really happy with that.”

The reigning Olympic 470 champion won gold at the 2016 Rio Games and silver at London 2012 with fellow athlete Saskia Clark MBE

The University honorary graduate is now looking towards Tokyo 2020, where a gold medal for would make her the world’s most successful female Olympic sailor.

For more about Hannah’s extraordinary sailing legacy, including her triumphs at the Rio and London Olympic Games go to https://britishsailingteam.rya.org.uk/hannah-mills. Alternatively read more about her honorary degree awarded by the University of Chichester in 2017 at www.chi.ac.uk/news/influential-figures-honoured-graduation.