Elliot Carney targets windsurfing glory at Rio 2016
Elliot Carney is setting his sights on winning Olympic
gold at Rio in 2016.
The 23-year-old Hythe windsurfer (pictured), who gave up a
building apprenticeship last year when the sport was re-instated in
November after the International Sailing Federation reversed their
decision to replace it with kiteboarding.
Carney, who had a hernia operation before Christmas, finished
18th in the recent RS:X world championships in Brazil and spent a
few days at home last week, before flying to New Zealand at the
weekend for a six-week training stint with Dutchman Dorian Van
Rijsselberge, Olympic champion in London 2012 at Weymouth.
He said: "I want to be British No. 1 going to Rio and the focus
in the next few years is all on winning gold in Rio."
Reflecting on the worlds, Carney said: "It wasn’t a great week.
I didn’t race well and made it hard for myself with poor
decision-making. I wasn’t clever enough at times.
"I was hoping for more top-10 places. Finishing in the top-20
was great but I went hoping for better. I won the last race which
was a relief. I had plenty of pace and led all the way which always
makes life easier."
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