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22 July 2001, 10:24 am
Lucas Calabrese (ARG) takes World title.
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Optimist World Championships

With no racing possible on Sunday due to light winds, the results after Saturday's races stand. Lucas Calabrese now has a Gold to improve on his Silver Medal podium place at the 2000 Worlds.
Lucas Calabrese (ARG), last year's silver medallist, squeezed into a two point lead thanks to first and second position placings in Saturday's racing. Local hero Zhu Ye (CHN) also had a good day with placings of 3 and 1 to take the Silver place and leave overnight leader and Asian champion Abdul Rahim (MAS) in bronze medal position.

Xu Lijia took the girls' prize.

Whilst two races were scheduled for the final day, today Sunday, lights winds prevailed, with no races able to be started. Therefore the results from Saturday stand.

[Editor Note: We are unable to post the top five results as the download file cannot be accessed from the event website.]

Saturday also saw the Annual General Meeting of IODA being held, which produced an understandable bias in favour of guaranteed wind in choice of future venues. Corpus Christi, Texas was confirmed for the 2002 Worlds with Tavira in south Portugal confirmed for the 2002 Europeans. China who will host the 2002 Asians, also in Qingdao, promised that winds in September would be far better than the doldrums of the current event. After two years Worlds outside Europe, the Worlds was awarded to the Spa Regatta site in Holland for 2003 and in a very close vote Starigrad, Croatia edged out St. Moritz, Switzerland for the 2003 Europeans.

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