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Rio Olympics: Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern target big finish

Men's 49er (skiff) sailing Rio 2016

By Robert Jones

Olympic sailing duo Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern will look to end on a high in today's medal race of the Men's 49er in Rio.

While the Northern Ireland pair are too far off medal positions to be in contention, they are still in the running for fifth.

Seaton and McGovern finished eighth overall on Tuesday. They came 19th and 20th in races 10 and 11 but finished on a high, winning race 12 and qualifying for the medal race.

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They will now take to the water once more today to complete their Olympic journey.

Despite Rio 2016 being a marked improvement on their London finish of 14th four years previously, McGovern admitted that fact was scant consolation for missing out on a medal.

But despite not being able to finish on the podium, the 31-year-old is not going to be taking today's finale lightly.

"It means we have to reset and we have got one more go. We could make fifth if that goes well and that would still be a personal best for us at an Olympic Games," he said. "So we won't try and think about the disappointment yet until it is all over."

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