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8 January 2011, 08:18 pm
Tie For First Going Into The Last Day Of The 29er World Championship
29er World Championships 2011
2011 29er World Championships action

29er World Championship 2011
Mar del Plata, Argentina

You could not wish for a better story for the final day of the 2011 29er World Championship
The top two teams who have dueled back and forth for the top spots during the regatta and are tied going into the last day. Pepe Bettini and Fernando Gwozdz turned on the heat and made up a two point deficit on day five to match Maria Belén Tavella and Franco Greggi on points.

In the first race of day five, Tavella and Greggi had a bad start and used their 10th as the discard. Bettini and Gwozdz were leading the race, but over stood the layline and capsized loosing the lead to Australians Byron White and Ash Rooklyn who took the win with the top youth team Gael Jaffrezic and Julien Bloyet crossing in second. In the second race of the day, Tavella and /Greggi won the race to make up the point lost earlier. Bettini and Gwozdz had to settle for 5th.

For the second race the winds picked up with gusts in the 27 knot range, but this did not stop racing on the gold fleet course. Bettini and Gwozdz came on strong and led the race to the finish while Tavella and Greggi could only manage 7th. Francisco Consentino and Tomás Wagmaister crossed second in this race and now sit third overall with a possibility to unseat the top two. Nahuel Martinez and Axel Vugdelija are fourth overall and had a brilliant day of 3-3-4 and also with a chance for the last day.

Photos provided by photographer Matias Capizzano, www.capizzano.com.Live reports and daily results: www.29erworlds.org

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Jerelyn Biehl (As Amended By ISAF)
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