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Mathew Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) & Hannah Mills/Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) Win 2019 470 World Championship

Today at Enoshima Bay in Japan, the 470 World Championship was decided in a preview of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games sailing competition. Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan of Australia defeated Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez of Spain in the men's final and Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre of Great Britain defeated Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka of Japan in the women's final.

All four duos are expected to represent their respective countries and continue onto compete in the Summer Olympics' 470 Two Person Dinghy competitions next year which will also be held at Enoshima Bay.

From August 2nd through August 9th, 182 athletes representing 29 nations have competed at the 2019 470 World Championship which has been used as part of the team selection process for many nations.

Victories in prestigious competitions such as this one may bolster your EB-1A Green Card case as an athlete of extraordinary ability who is looking to gain legal permanent residence in the United States. While an entire evaluation is needed on a case to case basis, EB-1 Green Card cases for athletes generally revolve around their ability to win on a consistent basis on a national or international level.

For further information regarding extraordinary ability visas for athletes, please contact our experienced EB-1 immigration attorney for a consultation.

Written by
Houtan Yaghmai
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