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7 September 2011, 10:32 am
Experienced Julie Comes To The Forefront In Mozambique
Allan Julie
Allan Julie Leads The Way

All African Games
Maputo, Mozambique

Racing began in the 17-boat Laser fleet at the All African Games in Maputo, Mozambique yesterday and it was the experienced Allan Julie from the Seychelles who dominated the day with treble bullets.
Julie, a veteran of four Olympic Sailing Competitions, is five points clear of Rudy Mcneill (RSA) who benefitted from Athlete Participation Programme funding at the 2007 ISAF Youth Worlds in Kingston, Canada.

The Seychelles occupy third place in the Laser leader board in the form of Rodney Govinden who finished 150th at the 2011 Semaine Olympique Française, the fourth ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta. With ten points Govinden trails his more experienced compatriot by seven points.

South African brothers Eben and Johan Vivier continue to lead the 420 fleet, notching up a second place and race win on day two to give themselves a six point margin ahead of the rest of the fleet with four races now completed.

Behind the South Africans, the leaderboard is in the same order, but with just a closing up in points which sees Mozambique's Celso Gonçalves and Estaline Sofiano and Angola's Gilson Tenazinha and João Montenegro on an equal 12 points.

Gonçalves and Sofiano's form was not quite at the same level as on Monday, which gave Tenazinha and Montenegro the opening to cut the point's margin after a solid 2-4 posting.

The discard will come into play after six races, so we can expect to see Angola's Matias Montinho and Paixão Afonso get rid of their DNF penalty score from Monday, due to the broken jib halyard, and move up the fleet by the end of day three of racing on Wednesday.

After four races in the Optimist class Ines Gmati (TUN) leads the girls division on five points after recording her third bullet in Race 4. Zimbabwe's Androniki Hiripis won Race 3 and is second overall tied on equal points with Emma Clark (RSA). And in the boys David Wilson (RSA) continues to lead on eight points with Rubin Heard (RSA) in second on Abdelkhalek Boussouar in third.

Racing continues today at 10:00 local time in Maputo.
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