Shaw getting fit and healthy just in time for a big summer
BRYONY Shaw might have missed out on a medal at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, but she insists she was just more than happy to end in good health with London 2012 looming on the horizon.
OPTIMISTIC: Bryony Shaw has a positive outlook that she can better her bronze from Beijing 2008 at this summer's Olympics
The 29-year-old was getting a sneak peek of what she can expect later this summer as she took to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy - the London 2012 venue - looking to build on her fourth from March's World Championships.
But it wasn't to be for the Olympic bronze-medal winning windsurfer from Beijing 2008 as a broken board midway through the competition meant she finished the regatta down in eighth, gold going to Poland's Zofia Noceti-Klepacka.
However, despite therefore missing out on the podium, Shaw will be pleased it was her board that broke down and not indeed herself as she continues to make her comeback from a debilitating chest infection.
And with the Games now 40 days away, Shaw is more than happy to bide her time to climb the podium in Weymouth.
"In the spring I had a chest infection going in to the World Championships and there was a question mark over whether I would compete or not," she said.
"I ended up having about eight weeks where I suffered with this chest infection. It was a bit of a superbug I got from the water out in Spain, so that was a bit of a setback.
"Since then I've been working hard and keeping an eye on my health but now I'm a lot stronger and a lot happier with everything. I'm really happy with how Sail for Gold went.
"A couple of letters in my scoreline really brought me down in the overalls, having to count a 44th. But still being inside the top ten I was happy with that result.
"I feel like I've been racing to a top three standard so I'm really happy with the week and am more than happy to wait until the Olympics for a medal in Weymouth."
Shaw rose to prominence in Beijing in 2008, winning bronze to become the first-ever woman to win a windsurfing medal for Great Britain.
But as she readies herself to do it all again on home waters, Shaw can't help but let her mind wander higher up the Olympic podium.
"I am really looking forward to the Olympics," she added. "We've got some clear goals that have come from Sail for Gold and we will work on these over the next 40 days or so.
"That was our main objective, to see where we were in the fleet and I feel like I'm in a good position to medal at the Olympic Games and try to get better than my bronze from last time which would be a really good outcome."
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