The Medal Races are scheduled to take place from 09:00-12:15 UTC in three racing areas in front of the pier.
The first gold medals of the day went to France and Russia. Ekaterina SKUDINA, Diana KRUTSKIKH and Alexandra SOKOLOVA (RUS) held on to their lead in the Yngling, whilst Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI (USA) had yet another Medal Race battle with Sarah AYTON, Sarah WEBB and Pippa WILSON (GBR). Again the Americans came up trumps, winning the Medal Race in front of the Brits to take the silver medal, with AYTON and her team picking up bronze.
France held on to their one-two in the Men's 470 fleet. Overnight leaders Pierre LEBOUCHER and Vincent GAROS (FRA) won the Medal Race to take gold ahead of Nicolas CHARBONNIER and Olivier BAUSSET (FRA). The Greek team of Panagiotis MANTIS and Theodoros POLICHRONID won bronze.
The battle for the Finn title went down to a match race between two-time SOF winner Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE) and World Champion and world #1 Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN (DEN). It was PAPATHANASIOU who won out, coming in ninth, but crucially ahead of HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN to win the SOF for the third time in four years. Dan SLATER (NZL) held off the challenge of Ed WRIGHT (GBR) to finish third overall.
In the Women's 470 fleet, Giulia CONTI and Giovanna MICOL (ITA) completed a fantastic week in Hyères with a third place in the Medal Race to wrap up the gold medal. It is the first ISAF Grade 1 event win for the pair in the 470 and a further demonstration of the talent of the 21 year old CONTI. Whilst they were unable to challenge the Italians for gold, European Champions Stefanie ROTHWEILER and Vivien KUSSATZ (GER) held on to their second place, whilst a brilliant Medal Race saw Lenka SMIDOVA and Veronika FENCLOVA (CZE) claim third overall.
World Champion Michael BLACKBURN (AUS) was a clear winner in the Laser, with his closest rival Johan WIGFORSS (SWE) suffering a nightmare Medal Race, crossing the line in tenth and last place. This allowed 2005 and 2006 SOF winner Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) to leap up from fifth to second overall with a Medal Race bullet, whilst Andrew MURDOCH (NZL) completed an Oceanic top three.
Oskar JOHANSSON and Kevin STITTLE (CAN) already had victory wrapped up in the Tornado and despite their ninth place in the Medal Race, they were still clear winners. Francesco MARCOLINI and Edoardo BIANCHI (ITA) built on their great performance yesterday with a fifth in the Medal Race to secure the silver medal, with Yann GUICHARD and Alexandre GUYADER (FRA) third overall.
After a terrific week-long performance in Hyères, Elin Maria SAMDAL (NOR) came unstuck in the Medal Race, finishing ninth to drop from the top spot out of the podium places. Instead, 21 year old world #1 Evi VAN ACKER (BEL) added to her wins in Garda and Palma with a third in the Medal Race securing her the SOF title. Jo ALEH (NZL) took second overall, whilst Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE (LTU) got the better of 2006 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Paige RAILEY (USA) to win the Medal Race and the bronze medal.
Tom ASHLEY (NZL) finished the Medal Race comfortably in seventh place to add victory in Hyères to his win a couple of weeks ago in Palma. Shahar ZUBARI (ISR) held on to second place, whilst Julien BONTEMPS (FRA) won the all-French battle for third.
World Champions Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR) held on to their overall lead to take victory in the 49er. Despite coming in eighth in the Medal Race they took the gold medal by four points from Nico DELLE -KARTH and Nikolaus RESCH (AUT). Marcus BAUR and Hannes BAUMANN (GER) finished sixth in the Medal Race to take the bronze medal.
A Medal Race bullet gave Bryony SHAW (GBR) overall honours in the Women's RS:X fleet, with European Champion Blanca MANCHON (ESP) coming in third in the Medal Race and winning the silver medal. After dominating in the light winds at the start of the regatta, Jian YIN (CHN) had another bad day, finishing tenth in the Medal Race and dropping to fourth, replaced in bronze medal position by Jannicke STALSTROM (NOR).
Record entries have been reached for the 39th edition of the SOF with 920 boats from 58 nations. Racing continues through the week with the Medal Races on Friday.
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