Desborough parents cheering on son in final Olympic medal push

Dylan Fletcher with his mum Jane, prior to jetting off to Rio MAIL6381 OAK-160809-E85922123
Dylan Fletcher with his mum Jane, prior to jetting off to Rio MAIL6381 OAK-160809-E85922123

The Desborough parents of yachtsman Dylan Fletcher will be cheering on their son today (Thursday) in his final push for an Olympic medal.

Dylan, 28, and his racing partner Alain Sign will compete the 49-er medal race in Rio de Janeiro at 5pm.

Mum Jane and dad Graham flew out to watch him at the weekend - but Jane admitted she won’t be watching properly.

She said: “I feel sick usually, watching him race. Honestly, I watch with my hands over my eyes.

“And then I jump up and down if it’s all gone well.”

The pair currently sit in fourth place behind Germans Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel and Australians Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen after an excellent day on the water on Tuesday.

New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have already secured gold in earlier races - but silver and bronze are still up for grabs.

They have to put four boats between themselves and the Australians to overtake them, and be six boats ahead of the Germans.

Dylan said: “Tuesday was a much better day for us.

“We started to find our form and it was nice to finish the fleet racing on a high.

“Whatever it takes we’ll be there trying to win the Medal Race and hopefully things will fall into place behind.”

The British pair have been improving throughout the competition after a “disappointing” start.

Dylan said: “We’re working well together, racing fast, starting well and it’s a bit disappointing we didn’t do this at the start of the week as we know this is what we’re capable of and this is why we’re here.

“The main thing is that we’re performing well now.”

Alain added: “We chatted over the last few days about how we want to set the boat up, and have been reminding ourselves how we want to sail, just trying to find that extra bit of speed.”