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Olympic glory eludes Bermudians
by Don Burgess
September 20, 2000 - Bermuda Sun

     THE First day of Bermudians competing in the Olympics was not as heady as locals would have hoped, but the performances of equestrienne Mary Jane Tumbridge, swimmer Stephen Fahy and sailor Sara Lane Wright were right around where they should have been.
     Tumbridge, riding Bermuda's Gold, finished the dressage portion of the three-day event in 21st place with a score of 52.60. Bermuda Equestrian Federation president Mike Cherry said in an earlier interview with the Bermuda Sun that a top 20 finish on the first day would be a good sign.
     The dressage is Tumbridge and Bermuda's Gold worst discipline so the best is yet to come. At last year's Pan Am Games in Winnipeg the pair had a flawless day two and three to lift the island's first-ever gold medal at the Pan Am Games.
     American David O'Connor aboard Custom Made, the Pan Am Games silver medallist led the dressage board with a score of 29.00. German Marina Koencke was second at 34.80 and Greek Heidi Antikatzidis was third with 37.40.
     Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Mark Todd of New Zealand is lurking in fourth place with a score of 39.00
     Fahy finished fifth in his 200 individual medley heat with a time of 2:07.92. Fahy finished 41st overall, but coming into the event he only had the 40th fastest time so his performance was not unexpected.
     Fahy burst out of the blocks and swam an opening 50 metres of 26.98 before fading.
     George Bovell of Trinidad won the heat with a time of 2:04.68, but was not fast enough to qualify for the semi-finals.
     Fahy will get a second chance on Thursday as he competes in the 100 metres butterfly.
     Sara Lane Wright may have had the most disappointing day as she finished 26th and 25th out of 27 boats in the Europe dinghy fleet. Wright, by her own admission, is not a medal contender here, but she did expect to do better than almost last. Only the Cayman Islands finished below Bermuda in the opening day of Europe sailing.
     Brit Shirley Robertson was a top of the fleet with seven points as she finished fourth and third respectively.
     Races three and four will be sailed on Thursday.