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14 April 2004, 11:58 am
Two Days Of Racing Completed
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Mistral World Championship
Cesme

After two days of racing, Nicolas HUGUET (FRA) and Alessandra SENSINI (ITA) are leading their respective classes at the Mistral World Championship at Cesme, Turkey.
Huguet has put in some strong results, three bullets in six races, to lead the fleet ahead of team mate Julien BONTEMPS (FRA) who sits 6 points behind.

A move back up into a medal position for the 2003 ISAF World Champion Przemek `Pont' MIARCZYNSKI, a position he will be hoping to hold in his preferred stronger conditions which are currently on offer in Cesme.

Nations who are chasing the final seven Olympic Qualification places on offer in the men's event and who are currently lying in strong positions include Switzerland with Richard STAUFFACHER currently placed 48 overall, Mexico with David Miery TERAN in 53 overall, Korea with Duckpil OK in 58, the Czech Republic's Tomas MALINA in 66, Tunisia's Foued OURABI in 75, Bulgaria's Vesselin NANEV in 83 and Austria's Martin SANDRIESER in 84. Behind these seven countries, sit Uruguay, Seychelles, Belgium and Slovenia.

Top 20 Men After 6 Races
Helm Nation Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Total Points
1 Nicolas Huguet FRA 1 1 2 1 3 (BFD) 8
2 Julien Bontemps FRA 4 1 6 (14) 1 2 14
3 Przemek Miarczynski POL 3 2 (18) 12 4 1 22
4 Nick Dempsey GBR 7 4 5 4 2 (8) 24
5 Nicolas Beudou FRA 2 8 1 (11) 7 6 26
6 Tom Ashley NZL 2 10 2 10 (16) 2 26
7 Joeri Van Dijk NED 3 11 10 (13) 1 4 29
8 Toni Wilhelm GER 10 3 5 (32) 8 4 30
9 Fabrice Hassen FRA 1 6 9 (32) 8 7 31
10 Ricardo Santoz BRA 5 (17) 4 5 9 8 31
11 Gal Fridman ISR 7 10 6 6 3 (18) 32
12 Jon-Paul Tobin NZL 8 2 (15) 1 6 14 33
13 Samuel Launay FRA (12) 8 1 2 11 11 33
14 Piotr Myszka POL 13 3 11 (14) 6 3 36
15 Alexandre Guyader FRA 14 7 12 (17) 4 1 38
16 Ertugrul Icingir TUR 4 9 3 9 21 (29) 46
17 Moritz Martin GER 26 5 (42) 5 5 5 46
18 Maxime Oberemko UKR 11 6 (15) 9 14 6 46
19 Kevin Stittle CAN 9 (22) 13 8 5 17 52
20 Ivan Pastor Lafuente ESP 10 9 7 15 13 (BFD) 54

Sydney Olympic gold medallist Alessandra SENSINI of Italy continues to lead the women's fleet from the 1996 Olympic gold medallist Lee Lai SHAN of Hong Kong. Barbara KENDALL of New Zealand, who won silver at the 1996 Games and bronze at the Sydney 2000 Games, is third overall. Defending world champion, Lee KORSITZ lies in 5.

For many of these sailors whose nations are already qualified to the Olympic Games, their performance at the Mistral World Championships will determine their final selection to represent their nation on the startline in Athens.

There are six nations pursuing the five remaining slots in the women's event, with Cyprus, Tunisia, Hungary, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Russia all in the frame to claim their place. Cyprus is currently the top placed of these nations, with Gabriella HADJIDAMIANOU sitting at 44.

Top 20 Women After 4 Races
Position Helm Nation R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Points
1 Alessandra Sensini ITA 1 1 -8 1 3
2 Lai Shan Lee HKG 7 2 3 (DSQ) 12
3 Barbara Kendall NZL 4 (8) 2 7 13
4 Jessica Crisp AUS (27) 9 6 3 18
5 Lee Korsitz ISR 5 (25) 5 12 22
6 Romy Kinzl GER (23) 5 12 6 23
7 Faustine Merret FRA 10 (20) 1 17 28
8 Natasha Sturges GBR 2 10 16 (23) 28
9 Jian Yin CHN (28) 4 10 15 29
10 Jeanne Mailhos FRA 12 6 (20) 13 31
11 Jannicke Staalstorm NOR 15 12 (34) 5 32
12 Lisa Vidal FRA 14 7 13 (16) 34
13 Sigrid Rondelez BEL 9 (28) 24 2 35
14 Mingshuang Lai CHN (DSQ) 3 26 8 37
15 Charline Picon FRA (29) 21 9 9 39
16 Anja Kaeser SUI 8 13 (33) 20 41
17 Anna Galecka POL 19 17 7 (21) 43
18 Synthia Gros FRA 6 16 (23) 22 44
19 Masako Imai JPN 20 (23) 22 4 46
20 Olga Maslivets UKR 17 14 15 (30) 46


Today is a layday for the men, but the women are scheduled to sail a further twor aces to get back on schedule. The Championship continues through until the 17 April. A total of 12 races are scheduled in each of the men's and women's events.

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