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7 August 2007, 11:12 am
VAN ACKER Defends European Radial Title
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Evi VAN ACKER, European Champion for the second year running

Laser Radial European Championship and Laser Radial Men's World Championship 2007
Scheveningen, Netherlands

Evi VAN ACKER (BEL) defended her title at the ISAF Grade C1 Laser Radial Europeans with a display of magnificent sailing skills in Scheveningen, Netherlands. Ben PATON (GBR) held onto his lead to win the Men's World title.
VAN ACKER, currently the world #4, was elated and in high spirits she crossed the finishing line. 'She is so happy and she deserves to be for more than one reason!' her coach Wil VAN BLADEL said. Even before having sailed the last race she was certain of her victory. VAN ACKER had one night to savour her victory before getting packed and ready to depart for the Olympic Test Event in Qingdao, China.

Sarah STEYAERT (FRA) has shown that she belongs to the top. On the last day of the races she sailed a third and first position, winning the second place overall. Alberte LINDBERG from Denmark sailed a 17th and fourth position. Though this can be seen as a mix of a good and bad day of racing, it did mean that she won bronze! For those who were cheering on the local talent of Gea JUTJENS (NED) many were celebrating at the end of the day with her coming in fourth place. It means that she has qualified for a half-nomination for the Olympics.

PATON, though with disappointing 26,13 results on the final day, became the World Champion Laser Radial 2007 for the men. It was a close call with until the very end as to who would win - PATON or Eduard VAN VIANEN (NED)? With a difference of two points only the title belongs to PATON. For the Dutch competitors this event was a huge success. Three men on he podium of which the silver and bronze were both for the Dutch. Steven KROL was very pleased with third place, according to him, ''It's a good way to end such a fantastic event'.

Renske de Haas (As Amended By ISAF)
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