BRITAIN’S top finisher in the RS:X World Championships women’s event in Enoshima, Japan, was teenager Emma Wilson.

She narrowly missed out on a medal in the Women’s under-21 division while claiming 19th place overall.

The 18-year-old from Christchurch was edged out for age group medal honours following a close battle with Berenice Mege of France for third place.

It’s been a strong year for Wilson who has taken a number of top 10 finishes in senior competition before going on to win gold at the RS:X Youth World Championships in Torbole, Italy in July.

“I’m pretty happy with my week overall,” said the 18-year-old from Christchurch. “It was really tough and it’s always so tight sailing with the best in the world, but it’s been a great experience and most importantly I had fun.

“I am happy with my progress and it’s nice to see that I’m still improving but there’s a long way to go and I’m determined to keep that improvement going.”

Wilson will travel to China in December to defend her Youth World Sailing Championship title.

British Sailing Team’s Kieran Holmes Martin returned to action in style following a five-month break from competition as he took fifth place.

The 22-year-old windsurfer from Cheadle took a step back from competition to focus on his final year at university following his last international outing at the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma in early April.

But having graduated from Exeter University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Martin showed that he had lost none of his form over the summer, climbing up through the gold fleet from a slow start to the competition to be in with an outside chance of a medal going into the final day.

The men’s fleet was dominated by China, who took the gold and bronze medals, separated by Switzerland’s Mateo Sanz Lanz. Martin’s British Sailing Team teammate Tom Squires rounded out the event in 40th with youngsters Dan Wilson, Joe Bennett and Andy Brown finishing in 57th, 61st and 62nd overall.

Compatriots Isobel Hamilton and Saskia Sills finished the regatta in 30th and 56th respectively.

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