Bethlehem College student Molly Meech and her crew-mate in the 49erFX had a strong day as they kicked off their first Olympic regatta.

The pair recorded finishes of sixth and fifth to sit to be handily placed in sixth overall after day one. Just two points separate the top six in the highly competitive fleet.

"It was really cool to get out there and start racing today - it was just really fun to get going.

"We had a pretty consistent day, on each beat we were gaining a boat so that was quite nice and getting a feel for it - I think we shook a few of the nerves off a bit today and it'll be cool to get back out tomorrow," she said.

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Laser sailor Sam Meech was on the upward climb today. Meech moved up to sixth overall with a 13th and sixth place in his two races. He is just one point off the Dutch sailor in fifth place, but with just two races remaining in the Laser fleet, Meech will need to produce something special tomorrow to get himself in medal contention.