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9 January 2007, 09:21 am
AUTENRIETH Wins World Title
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Optimist World Championship 2006
Montevideo, Uruguay

Julian AUTENRIETH (GER) is the 2006 Optimist World Champion after a nail-biting final day in Montevideo, Uruguay. AUTENRIETH pipped Griselda KHNG (SIN) to the title, getting the better of his rival in the final race to take the overall prize.
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Race 15a was completed by 12:30 in shifting winds but several attempts to sail the other four divisions were abandoned as the Race Committee and sailors waited in 32°C heat for the huge swings to give way to the incoming northerly.

By chance AUTENRIETH, from the Bayerischer YC, was in the same start as the overnight leader KHNG. His target was to finish in the top nine and two points ahead of his rival. AUTENRIETH responded to the pressure with a sixth in the final race, whilst KHNG came in tenth to see the German emerge as champion by just two points.

Latin American sentiment was consoled by the well-deserved bronze taken by Edgar DIMINICH of Ecuador who, at 55 kg, contradicted the idea that this was a regatta for lightweights. Peru's Stephanie ZIMMERMANN came in fourth, tied on points but with more bullets than Malaysia's Rufina TAN.

Female Success

Champions of girls' sailing may regret that we do not have a female champion to follow Tina LUTZ's (GER) 2005 win, but it is notable that seven of the top 21 sailors were female.

In second place overall, 15 year old Singapore Sports School student KHNG emerged as the top female to end her Optimist career with a golden touch. KHNG's performance also helped Singapore to walk away with the Miami Herald Trophy (the Nations Championship) awarded to the country with the best aggregate score of their top four sailors. The Singapore's five-member team, including Timothy SEET and Sean LEE, both 15, and Russell KAN and Rachel LEE, both 13, all finished within the top 15 overall.

'What an amazing achievement by the Singapore sailors. They have put on their best, individually and as a team, to clinch three titles at the Worlds. Such outstanding performance is unprecedented and the best displayed ever by any country at the Optimist Sailing Worlds,' said Singapore Team Manager Edwin LOW.

Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 Pts
1 GER Julian AUTENRIETH 1 1 9 12 5 3 (38) (20) 14 3 12 1 1 4 6 72
2 SIN Griselda KHNG 8 (15) 8 8 1 7 (78) OCS 4 1 8 11 6 1 1 10 74
3 ECU Edgar DIMINICH 2 18 17 1 (78) BFD 1 6 1 (34) 4 1 9 2 10 18 90
4 PER Stephanie ZIMMERMANN 1 20 2 (29) 7 17 19 (31) 5 2 10 3 2 3 4 95
5 MAS Rufina TAN (78) OCS 3 8 (65) 4 11 9 5 12 6 8 4 3 19 3 95
6 NZL Marcus HANSEN 20 13 3 1 1 6 31 1 14 7 (37) (78) OCS 4 5 1 107
7 ECU Jonathan MARTINETTI (78) OCS 4 2 2 19 3 31 (46) 3 15 5 10 4 7 16 RDG 121
8 CHI Benjamin GREZ 31 2 22 10 (37) 2 3 31 2 (36) 14 5 13 3 2 140
9 ITA Leonardo DUBBINI (35) (53) 8 13 15 7 18 14 18 2 8 8 17 14 6 148
10 SIN Russell KAN 5 19 (48) 11 22 12 (34) 12 2 12 18 10 12 5 10 150
Robert Wilkes/Ho Shu Fen (As Amended By ISAF). Image, World Champion Julian AUTENRIETH:© Optimist World Championship
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