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18 September 2007, 01:41 pm
USA Win Four Medals
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Betsy Allison

IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship 2007
Rochester, New York, USA

The hosts were the star performers winning two gold and two silver medals as the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships came to conclusion in Rochester, USA.
Karen MITCHELL and JP CREIGNOU (USA) won gold in the SKUD18 whilst Rick DOERR, Tim ANGLE and Bill DONAHUE (USA) took the title in the Sonar. Paralympic gold medallist Damien SEQUIN (FRA) was a runaway winner in the 2.4 Metre.

SEQUIN dominated the competition all week long and ended as he began with a bullet in the final race. Nobody came close to the Frenchman and he ended up taking victory by 22 points. Defending champion Heiko KROEGER (GER) battled back from an awful start to clinch the silver medal in the final race ahead of Thierry SCHMITTER (NED).

It was the first time that the SKUD18s have competed at the IFDS Worlds and it was the US competitors who dominated in the 18-strong fleet. MITCHELL and CREIGNOU were hardly out of the top three all week long and ended up taking the title with a race to spare. Nick SCANDONE and Maureen MCKINNON (USA) could not match the consistency of their team mates but had a fantastic finish to the regatta. Five bullets in the final six races lifted them up the leaderboard to the silver medal position. Sweden?s Carl-Gustaf FRESK and Annika LINDGREN won the bronze, edging out Scott WITMAN and Julia DORSETT (USA) on countback.

The battle in the Sonar fleet went down to the wire, with DOERR, ANGLE and DONAHUE going into the race level on points with Jens KROKER, Tobias SCHUETZ and Sigi MAINKA (GER). The Americans were finishing the series very strongly after a run of 1,5,1,1,3 scores, whilst the Germans had seen their lead evaporate as they posted a ninth in the previous race. This trend continued with DOERR, ANGLE and DONAHUE coming in seventh to take the title, whilst KROKER?s German team were tenth and dropped down to third overall. Paul CALLAHAN, Tom BROWN and Roger CLEWORTH (USA) won the race to move up into the silver medal position.

You can view footage of the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship online at www.t2p.tv.

Event Website - www.2007ifdsworlds.com
Results - www.2007ifdsworlds.com/results.html

Paralympic Qualification

The 2007 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships is one of the qualification regattas for the 2008 Paralympic Games. Six nations from each of the fleets qualified. The lists below show the nations who have provisionally qualified for a Paralympic spot.

IFDS will shortly advise on the nations qualified for Beijing.

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