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3 March 2005, 11:44 am
Sailors Battle For Rankings Points
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Athens Eurolymp Week 2005
Athens, Greece

The Athens Eurolymp Week drew to a close yesterday with a series of incredibly tight finishes.
Competition went right down to wire in almost every class with sailors battling for points in this ISAF Grade 2 Event to jump them up tomorrow's new ISAF World Sailing Rankings.

Racing in the 470's was close throughout the competition and went right down to the wire. Andreas KOSMATOPOULOS (GRE), made a late charge to try and take his fourth Eurolymp title in five years. Going into the last race he and his new crew Andreas PAPADOPOULOS were just a point behind second placed Mihalis MILEOS (GRE) and Pavlos KAGIALIS (GRE) but four points behind leaders Panagiotis MANTIS (GRE) and Theodoros POLIHRONIDIS (GRE). However after winning races six and seven, MANTIS and POLIHRONIDIS dropped to fifth in race eight, failed to finish race nine and didn't compete in the final race. This gave them a twenty point penalty, dropped them down to fifth overall.and left the title wide open.

It was a race between KOSMATOPOULOS and MILEOS. On paper KOSMATOPOULOS was the favourite with a top ten ISAF World Sailing Ranking and Olympic experience. Georgios VASILAS and Vagelis MITAKIS took line honours and combined with their win in race nine this lifted them to a third place finish overall. All eyes were on the leading duo and it was MILEOS who came through to take second place and with it the title. KOSMATOPOULOS finished in third to secure second place overall and a good deal of points for his ISAF World Sailing Ranking.

In the womens 470's Maria SABATI and Mirto HIONA took the title but in a fleet of just three boats, they will not be collecting points tomorrow.

Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE) continued his domination of the Finn class at this event. He won every one of the eleven races to take his sixth title here in Athens. Victory in this ISAF Grade 2 Event should help give his ISAF World Sailing Ranking of 15 a boost tomorrow.

George PANAGIOTIDIS (GRE) and Alfonso PANAGIOTIDIS (GRE) took the 49er crown but only after another exceptionally close finish. After dropping to fourth in the final race they found themselves level on points with Athanasios PAHOUMAS (GRE) and Vasilis PORTOSALTE (GRE). The PANAGIOTIDIS duo took the title thanks to their wins in races two, four, five and eight.

The Mistrals saw another tight finish. Andreas CARIOLOU (CYP) failed to finish race five and went into the final race two points behind Ioannis CHRISOHOU (GRE). After finishing 13 in the 2004 Olympic Sailing Competition, CARIOLOU has the experience at the highest level of competition and this eventually paid off. He won the final race and CHRISOHOU finished third, giving CARIOLOU the title thanks to his three race wins.

Antonia FREY (GRE) dominated the women's event taking victory over Olga GORBATYKH (UKR) by a massive 42 points.

In the Laser fleet Iason GEORGARIS (GRE) secured a narrow victory from 2004 Olympian Vagelis CHIMONAS (GRE). CHIMONAS had the experience of winning the title back in 2000 and almost made it tell with a victory in the final race. GEORGARIS kept his cool though and came through in second to take the title by a single point.

After making the change from the Europe to the new Olympic equipment for the single-handed dinghy, the Laser Radial, Virginia KRAVARIOTI looks set to continue her impressive record. She took victory here by nine points from Georgia HIMONA (GRE), a result that will ensure she makes an impressive entry into the new ISAF World Sailing Rankings tommorrow.

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