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10 August 2009, 02:10 pm
Thailand Wins Laser Radial Youth World Title Whilst Poland Take Men's Championship
Keerati BUALONG of Thailand
Keerati BUALONG of Thailand is the new Laser Radial Youth World Champion

Laser Radial Youth Championship 2009
Karatsu, Japan

Thailand's Keerati BUALONG was crowned 2009 Laser Radial Youth World Champion whilst the Laser Radial Men's World title went to Marcin RUDAWSKI of Poland on the final day of racing at Karatsu, Japan.
Marcin RUDAWSKI (POL) won the men's championship with a day to spare. Ben KOPPELAAR nearly ruined his chances of second with an OCS in the first race today. However he kept calm and finished second in the next race to hold second by four points from Insub KIM of Korea. Sabbatini GIACOMO of Italy left his run too late but can be pleased with his two wins today.

The youth boys went down to the wire and was won on countback by Keerati BUALONG of Thailand from Aleksander ARIAN from Poland who has been leading the regatta until today. It all came down to the last race where BUALONG came seventh and ARIAN had a disappointing 17th. Third place went to Filip KOBIELSKI of Poland who has sailed consistently. The under 17 group was won by Philip DORAN of Ireland followed by countryman Oliver LOUGHEAD, with Nevin SNOW of USA third.

The silver fleet in the Youth Boys was won very convincingly by Robin ELSEY of Great Britain.

The Youth Girls was also decided on the last race where Mathilde DE KERANGAT of France, bronze medallist at last month's Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Brazil, used the conditions well to finish in third place and win the championship by three points from Ashley STODDART of Australia. These two girls have been close contenders all the way through the regatta. Michelle BROEKHUIZEN of The Netherlands came third with consistent results of fourth and sixth today. The races today were won by Marie BOLOU of France and Souffa BEN-HORIN of Israel, both with their first wins of the regatta. The Australian girls took out first and second in the under 17 group with STODDART adding to her women's silver fleet win last week. Alexandra SOUTH (AUS), despite a disastrous day today was convincingly in second place. Momoko TADA of Japan took third place.

Men's Results - click here
Youth Results - click here

Linda Parrish (As Amended By ISAF)
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