BEWDLEY'S Ali Young has secured her spot in the women's sailing medal race in Tokyo this Sunday.

Young, 34, managed to hold onto a top 10 finish on Friday in the Laser Radial after the final two races in the 10-race event in Japan.

She crossed the line in 14th in what was her ninth run before struggling in the final race, eventually finishing 27th.

Throughout the event, points are given based on your finishing spot, so the lowest score is what determines the best individual.

Young sits on 144 points, with the leader, Denmark's Rindom Anne-Marie, on 109.

Points are doubled in the final race, so it looks unlikely Young will come close to a medal but she is determined to finish strongly.

"Change of conditions today, some light airs, patchy pressure, very tight racing in a tense fleet," she said.

"In the first race I executed my start well and gave myself a chance, second race didn’t start so well and didn’t find the avenues back through.

"It’s a tough, tight fleet and the girls at the front thoroughly deserve to be there, I’ve just not been good enough, but there’s still a medal race to take on.”