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8 July 2004, 11:50 am
Björling and Meldgaard Pedersen In The Final
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Onboard with Björling in the Semis © Dan Ljungsvik

Swedish Match Cup
Marstrand

It will be an all Nordic showdown in the final of the ISAF Grade 1 Ladies Swedish Match Cup on Saturday, when number one on the ISAF world ranking Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN meets the defender of the title Marie BJÖRLING.
By beating their respective opponents, Betsy ALISON (USA) and Claire LEROY (FRA), on Wednesday afternoon they made the cut to the final. Both however lost their first match of the semi-finals and explain that with them not being enough calm and relaxed on board:
"We got away from the harbour too late and felt all stressed up in the start though we hadn't got enough time to prepare properly," Lotte ezplained. Björling also lost her first semi-final match and said, "The umpires gave us a penalty only two minuets before start. We were taken by surprise, but managed to set off the penalty by manoeuvring the Frenchwoman into a difficult situation. It did cost us a good start position unfortunately and we ended up behind her anyway."

Marie BJÖRLING and her crew in Team Panorama - Anna HOLMDAHL tactician, Jenny AXHEDE genoa trim, Elin ÅDERMAN by the mast, Elisabeth NILSSON on battery and Annika CARLUNGER on the bow - have won the Swedish Match Cup two years in a row. Marie has been on maternity leave almost the entire year since last years competition, but no one could tell during the last three races of the semi-finals.
"We sailed tactically right and did good manoeuvres and performances, which made a comfortable feeling during the three matches," said Marie who is looking forward to the final on Saturday.

"We have met Lotte and her girls a lot of times and they are very good, so it´s going to be a couple of exciting matches in the final. Whoever wins will take out the very best to succeed. " Meldgaard Pedersen agreed with Björling saying, "We both have a lot of experience from match racing and these boats in particular. It´s going to be tough, but we will definitely try to regain the title of Swedish Match Cup to Denmark" Meldgaard Pedersen's team are trimmers Sille CHRISTENSEN, Anette ROM and Caroline CLAUSEN, Anne MÖRUP mainsail and Mia NIELSEN on the bow.

Results in the semi-finals Swedish Match Cup, women´s class:
Marie BJÖRLING, SWE beat Claire LEROY, FRA with 3 wins and 1 loss.
Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN, DEN beat Betsy ALISON, USA, with 3wins and 1 loss.

Lotte MELDGAARD PEDERSEN and Marie BJÖRLING will sail their final matches on Saturday afternoon.
Joakim Hermansson (As Amended by ISAF)
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