Juanpa Cadario: Semana de Kiel, crónica y resultados finales

Semana de Kiel, crónica y resultados finales

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Kieler Woche: And The Winners Are...

The sun returned and racing finished for the ISAF Sailing World Cup classes today in the first part of Kieler Woche, the penultimate stage of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Competitors have had to endure some long days on the water at this years Kieler Woche, which began with blustery wind and waves producing some exciting sailing and then became a crawl to struggle through the schedule with very light and shifty conditions across all course areas. The race committee had to work extremely hard to swap the courses and re-arrange the schedule, often finishing racing late in the evening. After five days of racing the medal races were a fitting finale for the 680 crews competing in the classes of the Olympic competition.

"When we saw the forecast this morning we were a bit afraid because it said that the wind will drop again during the day. But suddenly we had the breeze we were looking for and could organise fair races in all classes," chairman of the Kieler Woche Jobst Richter explained. The home nation, Germany shared the biggest medal haul with the USA, both with four medals but no golds. Great Britain and Australia came out on top, GBR with two golds and one silver and Australia with two golds and a bronze.Medal races were scheduled to take place on three race courses in the Stranderbucht using the customary short windward/leeward courses. The first to finish was the Men's 470 class on the North course whilst the Finns completed their medal race on the Middle course. The RS:X Men and Women's windsurfers sailed a windward/leeward leg with a slalom finish in front of the crowded spectator fleet.

The final leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup takes place from 9 - 14 August in Weymouth, Great Britain, venue for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Podium positions:

470 Men
1. Mathew Belcher / Malcolm Page, AUS, 8
2. Anton Dahlberg / Sebastian �stling, SWE, 17
3. Sime Fantela / Igor Marenic, CRO, 21

470 Women
1. Sarah Ayton / Saskia Clark, GBR, 28
2. Lisa Ericson / Astrid Gabrielsson, SWE, 32
3. Henriette Koch / Lene Sommer, DEN, 37

1. Tom Slingsby, AUS, 12
2. Clay Johnson, USA, 21
3. Philipp Buhl, Sonthofen, GER, 23

1. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic, CRO, 23
2. Oleksiy Borysov, UKR, 24
3. Rafael Trujillo, ESP, 29

1. Robert Scheidt / Bruno Prada, BRA, 22
2. Johannes Babendererde / Timo Jacobs, GER, 23
3. Mark Mendelblatt / Magnus Liljedahl, USA, 28

Laser Radial Women
1. Raily Paige, USA, 21
2. Franziska Goltz, GER, 24
3. Maiken Foght Sch�tt, DEN, 25

RS:X Men
1. Julien Bontemps, FRA, 8
2. Ivan Pastor, ESP, 20
3. Grodzicki Lukasz, POL, 22

RS:X Women
1. Agata Brygo, POL, 20
2. Blanca Manchon, ESP, 23
3. Jessica Crisp, AUS, 27

1. John Pink / Rick Peacock, GBR, 47
2. Allan Norregaard / Peter Lang, DEN, 47
3. Nico Luca Marc Delle Karth / Nikolaus Leopold Resch, AUT, 50

Women's Match Race:
1. Ekatarina Skudina, RUS
2. Claire Leroy, FRA
3. Anna Tunnicliffe, USA