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Sailing - 16. May 2012.

Day 3 at the 2012 470 Sailing championships

OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION SECURED ON RACE DAY 3 AT 2012 470 WORLD
CHAMPIONSHIPS

Barcelona International Sailing Centre, Barcelona, 10-19 May 2012

Race day 3 at the 2012 470 World Championships was a tense and
enthralling day. Six nations in the 470 Women continue to fight their way for the remaining five nation places.

After 6 races of qualification series, the gold and silver fleet splits
are now determined, with 27 boats allocated to each fleet for the next
stage of the 2012 470 World Championship.

Coming ashore after race 6, the air was tense as teams waited to find
out who had qualified through to the gold fleet and place themselves one
step closer towards their World Championship aims and Olympic
qualification. The story has unfolded in the most dramatic way possible.

With only five Olympic qualification places available at the 2012 470
Worlds, six unqualified nations have made it through to the gold fleet
and will now battle for the slots - so this adventure continues. There
are seven more races of the final series to go and this story is a long
way from over yet . as teams from Austria, China, Croatia, Denmark,
Poland and Russia go head to head.

If Croatia's Enia Nincevic/Romana Zupan achieve their goal, it will make
the first time Croatia has qualified to the women's two-person dinghy
event. The pair were really disappointed not to secure Olympic
qualification in Perth. "It has been a very emotional day. We are
feeling great and we hope that we will continue sailing like this. We
worked really hard for this, and I think that we managed to correct
things that were not good before and we are not afraid of anything that
might come our way. We are now second among the nations that are trying
to qualify for the Olympics and we hope that the ones behind us will
remain there," Zupan said and laughed.

By a two point margin, Lara Vadlau/Eva-Maria Schimak are the last of the
six teams to make it through to the gold fleet. Alongside her gold medal
at last year's ISAF Youth Worlds, Vadlau also won gold in the one-person
dinghy event at the inaugural Olympic Youth Games in 2010. A relieved
Vadlau said, "The first moment when we came ashore we were down as we
thought it was over, but then I saw my father dancing and I realised
that we were still in and have a chance. I hope we can stay in this game
as we have sailed well over the last three days. "

Denmark's Henriette Koch/Lene Sommer have accelerated their chance of
Olympic qualification and are the top placed nation within the gold
fleet after a solid 5,2 scoreline today. Koch said, "We are feeling
really good. It has been a tough day, but we remain focused on one race
at a time." Sommer added, "I think it is nice to have a good race, we
are sailing well and feel in control."

At the front of the 470 Women leaderboard are Camile Lecointre/Matilde
Geron on 12 points, with team mates Ingrid Petitjean/Nadege Douroux one
point behind in second. Despite last night's bicycle injury, birthday
girl Jo Aleh of New Zealand and crew Olivia Powrie still managed to
notch up a race win and fourth place to end the qualification series in
third overall. "I think it all merges together a bit," Aleh laughed,
referring to her injury, birthday and race win. "I gave myself an early
birthday present last night by doing a face plant flip off my bike and
decided to grate up my face on the concrete. I spent six hours at
Barcelona hospital, which was hard after such a big day on the water
yesterday. So yes today, I thought we had to win a race because it was
my birthday. It was tricky out there. The wind didn't do what anyone
thought it was going to do and shifted around a lot."

Twenty one nations are represented in the twenty-seven teams in the gold
fleet, clear evidence of the broad talent pool.

470 Women - Top 10 Overall after 6 Races
Pos Sailno Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
Pts
1 FRA 9 CAMILE LECOINTRE/MATILDE GERON 1 -8 3
5 2 1 12,0
2 FRA 4 INGRID PETITJEAN/NADEGE DOUROUX 1 -5
4 5 2 1 13,0
3 NZL 75 JO ALEH/POLLY POWRIE 3 3 -4 2
1 4 13,0
4 NED 11 LISA WESTERHOF/LOBKE BERKHOUT 6 1 1
1 -7 6 15,0
5 ISR 311 GIL COHEN/VERED BOUSKILA 7 2
1 1 -10 5 16,0
6 JPN 1 AI KONDO/WAKAKO TABATA 4 1 5 2
-17 4 16,0
7 GBR 118 HANNAH MILLS/SASKIA CLARK (bfd) 2
7 7 1 3 20,0
8 GER 21 KATHRIN KADELBACH/FRIEDERIKE BURNET 2 7
6 4 -12 2 21,0
9 ESP 696 TARA PACHECO/BERTA BETANZOS 9 4
2 -15 6 6 27,0
10 DEN 143 HENRIETTE KOCH/LENE SOMMER -14 5
9 9 5 2 30,0

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