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BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer

WEYMOUTH, England (AP) - Tamara Echegoyen, Angela Pumariega and Sofia Toro of Spain won the Olympic gold medal in women's match racing Saturday, thanks in part to a boat-handling error by Australia that swept its skipper into the water.

With the best-of-5 match tied at 1, the boats were sailing nearly side-by-side downwind in the third race in big waves on Weymouth Bay when the Australian crew lost control and its boat rolled on its side. Skipper Olivia Price was out of the back of the boat and her crew had to pick her up before continuing.

Spain won that race by 1 minute, 1 second, but the 20-year-old Price and her crew won the fourth race to force a deciding match.

In another mistake, Price was assessed a penalty in Race 5 for a right-of-way violation and Spain sailed ahead to win the gold, leaving the Aussies with the silver.

The heartbreaking loss denied Australia a fourth sailing gold medal of the London Games.

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