Tunnicliffe wins 1st Olympic qualifier

Oct. 30, 2011, 6:58 p.m. (ET)

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Anna Tunnicliffe of Plantation, Fla., has won the U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta for women's match racing by beating Genny Tulloch of Sausalito, Calif., in two races Sunday.

Tunnicliffe, whose Team Maclaren crew includes Molly Vandemoer of Stanford, Calif., and Debbie Capozzi of Bayport, N.Y., came into the day with a 2-0 lead.

Tunnicliffe won the gold medal in the Laser Radial class in the Beijing Olympics.

Sally Barkow of Nashotah, Wis., was third and Stephanie Roble of Chicago was fourth.

Tulloch, Barkow, Tunnicliffe and Roble advance to the final selection event in May in Weymouth, England. The winner earns a berth in the 2012 London Olympics.

Tunnicliffe will represent the United States at the International Sailing Federation Combined World Championships Dec. 3-18, in Perth, Australia.