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7 September 2007, 05:01 pm
ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 29 August
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings

Australia continue their reign as the nation with the most sailors at a #1 position on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, holding three of the top spots but Great Britain and Germany each have four sailors in top three positions.
Three classes witness a change to the #1 team and 40 new skippers join the Rankings today.

Great Britain cleaned up in Qingdao and they are still a dominant force on the Rankings. Whilst gold medallists Sarah AYTON, Sarah WEBB and Pippa WILSON hit the #1 position for the first time, Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES dip down to #2 to make way for the German training partners Jan-Peter and Hannes PECKOLT at #1.

Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) in the Laser and Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE (AUS) in the Men's 470, and 2006 World title winners Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) in the Tornado continue to hold the torch for Australia, holding on to their #1 positions for another Ranking release.

The Netherlands lose their only #1 spot in the Women's 470 to Italy as Giulia CONTI and Giovanna MICOL conclude their steady march up the rankings.

Men's Windsurfer - RS:X

The top 10 are staying put in the Men's RS:X Rankings so Przemek MIARCZYNSKI (POL) can celebrate his fouth time as the #1 sailor. Joao RODRIGUES (POR) at #2 is just 46 points behind MIARCZYNSKI and Ivan PASTOR (ESP) is also not far behind at #3.

The only place gainer in the top 20 is Shahar ZUBARI (ISR) who moves up three places to #12 after finishing 14th at the Test Event in Qingdao. Another Israeli sailor making a move in this Ranking is Ron ASULIN who won the silver medal at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF Worlds in Canada. His ranking improves from #165 up to #130. The gold medal at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championhips went to Pierre LECOQ (FRA) and helps him climb ten places to #112.

Tom ASHLEY (NZL) broke the hearts of the home fans in China by clinching the gold medal from Yuan Guo ZHOU but while ASHLEY stays at #8, ZHOU makes an eight place gain up to #61.

Two new entries make their mark from the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championhips, Albert CARVALHO (BRA) finished fifth and enters at #182 whilst Piotr MYSZKOWSKI (POL) was tenth and joins one place below CARVALHO at #183.

Women's Windsurfer - RS:X

There are two ISAF Grade 2 events for the Women's RS:X fleet and neither of these have made an impact on the top 10 Ranked sailors. Marina ALABAU (ESP) holds on to the world #1 spot once again, chased hard by World Champion Zofia KLEPACKA (POL) at #2 and Romy KINZL (GER) at #3.

Legends of the windsurfing circuit Barbara KENDALL (NZL) and Alessandra SENSINI (ITA) battled neck and neck for the gun at the Medal Race in Qingdao and both have made further gains in the Rankings, now each counting results from the maximum of seven regattas. SENSINI clinched the silver medal in Qingdao behind Britain's Bryony SHAW and moves six places up the Rankings to #13, just one place ahead of her is KENDALL at #12.

Silver medallist from the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Jian YIN (CHN) also gains from her fifth place finish in Qingdao, moving up seven places to #22 whilst Jessica CRISP (AUS) continues her rise up the RS:X list, picking up another bronze medal in Qingdao and climbing three more places to #37.

A sixth place for Patricia DACOSTA FREITAS (BRA) at the Youth Worlds sees her join the Rankings at #97.

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser

Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) stays firmly at the top of the Laser Rankings for another release. A gold medal for Paul GOODISON (GBR) in Qingdao after a slightly disappointing fifth place in Cascais keeps him secure at the #2 position with World Championship silver medallist Andrew MURDOCH (NZL) solid at #3.

Portugal's Gustavo LIMA and Chile's Matias DEL SOLAR swop positions to complete a very international top five. The remainder of the top 20 is extremely stable with slight changes in position as the calculation system rolls out the events.

GOODISON may have won the gold medal in Qingdao but it was far from plain sailing. In a dramatic medal race Rasmus MYGREN (SWE) made a charge for the gold medal and threatened GOODISON's five point cushion. GOODISON eventually clinched it by just three seconds on the water and one point on the table. MYGREN's silver medal helps him move up one place to #14.

The gold medal at the Youth Worlds in Canada went home to Cyprus with Pavlos KONTIDES and his Ranking position betters by 18 places, now at #139.

The highest of the 30 new entries in the Laser Rankings is Guneycan KAPTAN (TUR) at #421.

Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial

Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA) holds on to the Laser Radial world #1 spot for the fourth successive Ranking release and her consistency shone again at the Qingdao International Regatta where she went into the Medal Race with a hard to beat cushion of eleven points.

Belgian rising star Evi VAN ACKER also continues to shine and she successfully defended her title at the Laser Radial Europeans in the Netherlands and picked up the bronze medal in Qingdao. She climbs two places back up the Rankings to #2, just 60 points behind TUNNICLIFFE.

Mexico's Tania ELIAS CALLES pushes down one to #3 and Petra NIEMANN (GER) to #4 to make way for VAN ACKER whilst Katarlyna SZOTYNSKA (POL) completes the top five by moving up three places.

It is Gintare VOLUNGEVICINTE (LTU) who makes the biggest gain in the top 20, moving up eight places to #8 after finishing fifth at the Europeans and sixth in Qingdao.

Youth Worlds gold medallist Gabrielle KING (AUS) continues her steady progression up the Rankings, climbing a further six places up to #87. Silver medallist Anne HAEGER (USA) makes a similar climb of five places up to #58 whilst bronze medallist Sarah GUNNI from Denmark also claims points from her 39th place at the Europeans and climbs a whopping 33 places up to #89.

There are six new entries to the Radial Rankings, the highest is Cecilia KORES (SWE) who enters at #214 after finishing in 31st position at the Europeans.

Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470

Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE (AUS) continue to lead from the front as they retain their position as the world's #1 men's 470 crew and the newly crowned World Champions snapped up another gold medal at the Qingdao International Regatta just last week. Gideon KLIGER and Udi GAL (ISR) hang on to #2 and Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED) to #3.

Nicolas CHARBONNIER and Olivier BAUSSET (FRA) make their return to the top five, moving up three places to #4 - the same position they finished in Qingdao. The silver medal in China went to Nick ROGERS and Joe GLANFIELD (GBR) who finished a comfortable distance ahead of bronze medallists Alvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNES (POR). The top five is completed by Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS (AUS).

There is just one event, the ISAF Grade 2 Qingdao International Regatta in Qingdao, China adding points for the men so the jostling for position is mainly a result of the rolling calculation system and there are no new entries.

Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470

Giulia CONTI and Giovanna MICOL (ITA) have finally reached the end of their march up the Women's 470 Rankings as they reach the #1 position, toppling World Champions Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) down to #2. World Championship silver medallists Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOUROUX (FRA) picked up the bronze medal in Qingdao but slide to #3 in the Rankings to make way for CONTI and MICOL.

Japan's Ai KONDO and Naoko KAMATA put in a fantastic performance in Qingdao and treated fans to a nail biting Medal Race. It was however, Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON who eventually won the gold medal after their points were split on Medal Race finshing position. The Japanese duo's silver medal however, sees them climb to a career best position of #4, pushing the British duo of Christina BASSADONE and Saskia CLARK down to #5.

Olympic veteran and three-time medallist, Ruslana TARAN and Olena PAKHOLCHYK (UKR) also had a great regatta but just slipped out of the medals to fourth. They do however, jump up four places back into the top 20.

Skiff - 49er

Jan-Peter and Hannes PECKOLT (GER) return to the #1 position from which they were knocked at the last ranking release by new World Chamipons and now Test Event gold medallists, Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES (GBR). Only 59 points separate the training partners now and they are joined on the Rankings 'podium' by Olympic silver medallists Rodion LUKA and George LEONCHUK (UKR) who move up three places from #6.

Down to #4 go Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) while Iker MARTINEZ and Xabier FERNANDEZ (ESP) slip to #5, both to make way for the Ukrainean team.

The position changes for the top sailors in this Ranking release are primarily a result of the rolling calculation system as the two events counting points are not high enough graded to affect this elite group. Making a further move though, to another career best position, is Nathan OUTTERIDGE and Ben AUSTIN (AUS) who enter the top ten for the first time at #8.

One team who do count their points from Qingdao are Andre FONSECA and Rodrigo LINCK (BRA) whose sixth place overall boosts them nine places up the Rankings to #38.

Heavyweight Dinghy - Finn

The two events counting points for the Finn fleet in this ranking release are not graded high enough to have an impact on the leading sailors.

Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN (DEN) stays at the #1 position making in roads into his second year as the top ranked Finn sailor with Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE) at #2 and Ed WRIGHT (GBR) at #3.

The gold medal in China was claimed in no uncertain terms by Ben AINSLIE (GBR) but although all of the three results he is counting towards his ranking position are first place finishes they do not add up to enough to move him any higher than #75 in the world.

The silver medal behind AINSLIE went to Pieter-Jan POSTMA (NED) who continues to put in one solid performance after another - his ranking position remains at #7. Peer MOBERG (NOR) picked up the bronze medal and stays at #17.

The ISAF Grade 3 Nordic Championship was won by Daniel BIRGMARK (SWE) and his ranking position stays at #4. There are no new entries to the Finn rankings.

Multihull - Tornado

Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) continue to reign at the top of the Tornado Rankings and are looking in good shape for spending the year in that position. Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) remain at #2 but there is a new team up at #3 - Johannes POLGAR and Florian SPALTEHOLZ (GER) who finished just outside the medals in Qingdao move up three places.

Yann GUICHARD and Alexandre GUYADER (FRA) drop back down below their team mates Xavier REVIL and Christophe ESPAGNON (FRA) to #5 and #4 respectively.

At the ISAF Grade 2 Test Event in Qingdao, Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER (AUT) healed some of the hurt from the Worlds in Cascais, taking the gold medal with a seven point margin from Rankings leaders BUNDOCK and ASHBY.

One new team joins the Tornado Rankings and that is Pavel SOZYKIN and Vitaly RUSSU from Russia who picked up fourth place at the ISAF Grade 3 Travemuende Week and enter the Rankings at #78. The gold medal in Travemuende went to Helge and Christian SACH (GER) and their Ranking position improves by seven places as they enter the top 50 at #47.

Women's Keelboat - Yngling

There is just one new event counting for the Yngling fleet for this ranking release - the Olympic Test event in Qingdao, China. The newly crowned World Champions Sarah AYTON, Sarah WEBB and Pippa WILSON (GBR) continued their winning ways picking up another gold medal and with it they finally move up to that coveted #1 spot on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings.

The American team of Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI lost all chance of a medal in Qingdao when they scored OCS in the medal race and slip down to #2 in the rankings.

Former #1 crew Ulrike SCHUEMANN, Ute HOEPFNER and Julia BLECK (GER) hold on to the #3 position and the Russian team of Anna BASALKINA, Ekaterina MAXIMOVA and Vlada UKRAINSTSERA stay at #4.

The bigest mover amongst the front runners is the six place climb of Anne-Claire LE BERRE, Alice PONSAR and Julie GERECHT (FRA) who shift up to #5. Further down the top 20, it's the Dutch skipper Renne GROENEVELD sailing with Marije KAMPEN and Annemieke BES who picked up the silver medal in Qingdao and, now counting five events, moves up three places to enter the top 20 at #19, a climb of ten places since she entered the rankings in June 2007.

Men's Keelboat - Star

The top five Star teams remain the same for this Ranking release with bronze medallists at the Qingdao International Regatta, Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA) holding on to the top position once again. Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ and Dominik ZYCKI (POL) stay at #2, whilst Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA) picked up another gold medal in China but stay at #3. Finishing off the top five are Hamish PEPPER and Carl WILLIAMS (NZL) and Marc PICKEL and Ingo BOROWSKI (GER) who finished second and ninth in China respectively.

The movers and the shakers in the top 20 are Rohan LORD and Mikes ADDY (NZL) who picked up ninth place at the ISAF Grade 1 Star North Americans and move up eleven places to #12 and right behind them, Andy HORTON and Brad NICHOL (USA) who took the gold medal in Canada and climb nine places up to #13 - both these teams are now counting points from the maximum seven events.

Eleven teams join the Star Rankings this release and the highest placed is Brian LEDBETTER and Mark BRINK (USA) whose fourth place at the Star North Americans sees them enter at #127. Just ahead of LEDBETTER in Canada was 2004 Olympic silver medallist Ross MACDONALD (CAN) sailing with Tyler BJORN and their second place gives them four events to count and shifts them up 13 places back inside the top 50 at #49.

The highest climb goes to multiple Olympic medallist Lars GRAEL with Marcelo JORDAO (BRA) who move up 61 places to #94 after finishing the Star North Americans in seventh place.

The next Rankings release will be on 3 October 2007, following the ISAF Grade 2 Oktoberfest Regatta for the Star Class in Germany.

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