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10 August 2004, 09:38 am
Three Gold Medals for Italy
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Mistral Youth and Junior, Aloha and Raceboard Masters World Championships

On the final day of the 2004 Mistral Youth and Junior, Aloha and Raceboard Masters World Championship only race was completed in a light easterly wind and the regatta ended the way it started - with rain.
In the Mistral Youth and Junior events there were no changes in the top positions of the final rankings which saw Italy gaining five medals, among them three gold ones. In the youth category, David ROBERTSON from New Zealand confirmed his leadership and won the world title with a good advantage of 17 points less than the Israeli Zubari SHAHAR. Third position also went to Italy, Federico ESPOSITO sailed well on the final day to leave the fourth position and claim the bronze medal.

The situation among the boys in the junior group, remained open to every solution up to the final day with the European champion, Lukasz GRODZICKI, the Italian Heidegger and the French La Coq (FRA) with many possibilities to win the title. And at the end the Heidegger took first place and the gold medal. Silver went to La Coq, who sailed consistently throughout and third position went to the Polish sailor Grodzicki, who won the last European Championship in Sopot.

There was double Italian victory also among girls with Flavia TARTAGLINI winning the youth category and Laura LINARES the junior one. In the Youth category the final success was becoming more certain day after day. Marina ALABAU (ESP) finished second and the Sophie LA PAGE (FRA) third.

It wasn't so clear cut for Linares however thanks to the duel with Malgorzata BIALECKA (POL) and the small advantage of the Italian. The last races gave the gold medal to Laura LINARES who confirms what she already showed in Mexico last December where she won two world titles. Second place went to Malgorzata BIALECKA and bronze for Moana DELLA (GER).

Oliver-Tom SCHLIEMANN is the new Aloha World Champion, with Guido CARLI (ITA) taking the silver and Marc NOESMOEN (FRA) the bronze.

The victory of Paco WIRZ in the Raceboard Masters Championship was never in doubt. The Italian, already world champion in Mexico last year, won all he could win. Behind him, the silver medal went to Bernard BOUREN and bronze Paul LEONE (GBR).

On Friday there was also the Annual General Meeting of MJOD. The next year Mistral World and Junior World Championships will be held in Sopot, Poland. A confirm of the very good job made in June when the Polish city organized the Mistral European Championship.

Kristian Guttadauro (As Amended by ISAF)
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