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Sailing - 25. April 2009.

Four duals for Gold!


It will be a two boats battle for Gold in the Laser radial Medal Race. ISAF Sailing World Cup leader Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) is getting closer to Fenclova, 4 points away from the Czech.


Commenting earlier on the strong wind expected in the Medal Race, the Olympic Champion said: “After these light conditions all week, it will be good to hike again and stretch our legs!” Evi van Acker from Belgium is in third place. The podium is opened to the top six.


The 470 women medal race should provide a good fight for Gold between ISAF Sailing World Cup leaders Henriette Koch and Lene Sommer (DEN) who have conserved their hold on the 470 women fleet and young Dutch team of Margriet Fokkema and Marieke Jongens (NED).  “Anything can happen tomorrow with the wind. So we’ll focus on sailing our own race and do as good as possible.” Declared Koch.


The Dutch pair have progressively reached the second place overall with consistent racing throughout the regatta. Margriet Fokkema (22) and Marieke Jongens (21) were very excited with their result:

“This is very cool” said Fokkema.  ‘We only differ five points with the Danes. We did not expect this. We can only win first tomorrow. We have been sailing together for two and a half years now. We were always there, in contention. But we are very happy that we are in this position now.” And about the pressure of racing in their first medal race in an international event: “We feel the pressure for sure to maintain this position. But as soon as we get in the boat we are chilled. That will be the same tomorrow.” Said Jongens with a big smile!


Spanish pair of Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos is in a hot seat in third place with Bronze medal opened to the top 10 teams. The medal race is sure to provide some thrill!


The top ten sailors qualified in the RS:X medal race could have a chance to take the third place in the podium. However, like in the Women 470, the Radial and the Finn, the Gold will be a dual between the top two Beijing Bronze and Silver medallists Shahar Zubari (ISR) and Julien Bontemps (FRA). However, the top eight sailors could access to Silver!


In the women division Peina Chen (CHN) will face strong competition from experienced windsurfers, 2008 Bronze medal Bryony Shaw (GBR) and Spanish Marina Alabau and Blanca Manchon, respectively leading the ISAF World ranking and the Sailing World Cup standings.


The Medal race in the Laser division will decide all medallists tomorrow.


The 2.4mr will be racing tomorrow their first medal race.


The medal races will be sailed on two courses close to the pier. The first start will be given at 10AM. A nice 15 knots breeze is expected to provide for great racing!


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