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28 April 2011, 05:31 pm
Medals Decided Ahead Of Final Day In Hyères
Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA)
Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA)

Semaine Olympique Francaise 2011
Hyères. France

The gold medal positions in the Finn, Star and Women's 470 have been decided ahead of the final day at the 2011 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, France.
Ben Ainslie in the Finn, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada in the Star, and Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos (ESP) in the Women's 470 have all clinched the gold medal in their respective Olympic Events before the Medal Races.

In the Women's 470 Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos (ESP) have picked up one race win all week, and that came on the opening day, but the Spanish duo have been consistent all week, placing in the top four seven times.

Pacheco and Betanzos' worst performance came on the fourth day where they finished with a score card of 18-22. Nonetheless they go into the Medal Race on 47 points with an unassailable lead of 32 points over Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes (GBR).

Four teams are in with a chance of clinching a podium place on the final day. Clark and Hughes are on 79 points, compatriots Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are on 81.20 points, Emmanuelle Rol and Hélène Defrance (FRA) have 88 points and Italians Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol go into the Medal Race on 89 points.

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Women's Match Racing

Ben Ainslie (GBR) sealed an emphatic victory ahead of the Medal Race in the Finn class after winning six out of ten races. Ainslie has 15 points with Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) the closest Finn sailor to him with 44 points.

Postma, Zach Railey (USA), on 47 points, and Ivan Kljakovic (CRO), on 53 points, will enter the Medal Race with the intention of claiming the silver medal.

World #1 in the Star Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) clinched gold on the penultimate day after they recorded a 5-5 score card in Races 9 and 10. With only the Medal Race to go they have 37 points with Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (FRA) second on 61 points.

Providing Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos (FRA) do not get disqualified in the Men's 470 Medal Race, the gold medal will be theirs. They have a 19 point lead over fellow Frenchmen Nicolas Charbonnier and Jeremie Mion.

Charbonnier and Mion led the Standings early on with a string of second and third place finishes, but with a discard of 28 in Race 10 they had to keep their 27th place finish in Race 7, meaning they fell behind Leboucher and Garos.

Leboucher and Garos won three of their opening five races and put in some equally impressive performances to end day five on 35 points ahead of the Medal Race.

Meanwhile Charbonnier and Mion have 54 points to their name with Croatians Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic in third on 59 points.

The Men's RS:X is wide open with all of the sailors in the top five able to clinch gold in the Medal Race.

World #2 Piotr Myszka (POL) currently leads the Standings on 26 points after five race wins. The Pole discarded his ninth place finish in Race 9 today, but followed up with a third place finish in Race 10. But hot on his heels, on 28 points, is World #7 Shahar Zubari (ISR), who is currently sixth in the Men's RS:X Sailing World Cup Standings.

Julien Bontemps (FRA), on 30 points, Tom Ashley (NZL), who has 34 points and Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) on 43 points, will go into the Medal Race with a chance of claiming gold.

In the Laser Radial, Sara Winther (NZL) has reclaimed her lead ahead of the Medal Race. She is on 50 points with Sarah Steyaert (FRA) in second on 57 points. China's Dongshuang Zhang is third on 64 points.

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Blanca Manchon (ESP) has won six of her races in the Women's RS:X. She leads the standings on 16 points. In second place on 25 points, and still with a fighting chance of claiming gold, is Charline Picon (FRA).

Spain's Javier Hernandez maintained his lead in the Laser after finishing sixth in Race 9 and discarding his 30th place finish in Race 10. His 52 points gives him a 13 point lead over Tom Slingsby (AUS) and Tonci Stipanovi? (CRO) who both have 65 points. In fourth place is Pavlos Kontides (CYP) on 66 points. All three are in with a fighting chance of catching Hernandez on the final day.

Italian brothers Pietro Sibello and Gianfranco Sibello have an 18 point lead over Julien D'Ortoli and Noé Delpech (FRA) and a 23 point lead over Federico Alonso and Arturo Alonso (ESP) in the 49er.

For the lead to slip out of the Sibello brothers hands they will have to finish last in the Medal Race with the Frenchmen picking up the win. But out of 15 races so far the Italians have been consistent and will go into the Medal Race as firm favourites.

In the Women's Match Racing, Lucy MacGregor (GBR) will face Sally Barkow (USA) in the Final whilst Claire Leroy (FRA) goes up against Renee Groeneveld in the Petit Final on the final day.

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