A runner-up finish in Thursday’s final race of Olympic sailing’s 470 class wasn’t enough to lift David Hughes and teammate Stuart McNay onto the medal stand in Rio de Janeiro, as the son of retired Beaufort County assessor Ed Hughes remained fourth overall.
Hughes and McNay already had been mathematically eliminated from medal contention when they went out on Guanabara Bay, but turned in their second-best performance of the week as they trailed only the Swiss duo of Romuald Hausser and Yannick Brauchli.
On Tuesday, Hughes/McNay won the eighth of 10 preliminary races as they tried a late push into medal contention. Those hopes were dashed, though, when they failed to crack the top 10 in the final two preliminaries.
Croatia’s Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic cruised to the gold medal, with Australia’s entry winning a tiebreaker with Greece for the silver.