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Olympic Worldcup 2011 - Semaine Olympique - Hyères FRA - Day 3 - End of qualifier phase

Wednesday, April 27, 2011   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
All classes divided in several fleets up to now ended the qualifications for either the Gold-, Silver and Bronze fleets yesterday. Most of the classes sailed only one - tactically challenging - race as the breeze filled in late in the afternoon only and an upcoming thunderstorm did not allow to stay out for more. The Finns came back ashore last after two heats, both won by the irresistible Ben Ainslie GBR taking the first place overall ahead of Jan-Pieter Postma NED and Ed Wright GBR. No change on top of the 49ers with Fletcher/Sign GBR leading ahead of Nielsen/Nielsen DEN and Sibello/Sibello ITA. Leader change however in the French duel for rank 1 in the 470 men in favour of Charbonnier/Mion FRA now one point ahead of Leboucher/Garos FRA and Belcher/Page AUS. Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP defended her lead in the 470 women in front of Giulia Conti/Giovanna Michol ITA. A class of its own are Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA, coming from behind yesterday and finishing the day with an advantage of 12 points on the second Florent/Rambeau FRA and Rohart/Ponsot FRA, another duel in the French Olympic selection race. Only half of the Women Match-Race Repechage has been sailed, and Genny Tulloch USA, Trine Abrahamsen DEN and Anne-Claire Le Berre FRA, all with a 2-1 score, have the best cards to qualify for one of the two Gold Round places still available. Control over the RS:X-men windsurfers is now with the light-wind specialist Shahar Zubari ISR adding another bullet and extending his lead. Julien Bontemps FRA follows on rank 2. No problem for Blanca Manchon ESP in the RS:X-women windsurfers either, keeping Charline Piccon FRA and Peina Chen CHN clearly behind. The official report and the videos of the day.
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