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20 May 2006, 07:15 am
Women's RS:X Medal Race
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ISAF World Sailing Games 2006
Lake Neusiedl, Austria

The women's RS:X fleet got away at 1412 local time with the wind from the south and had increased to 12 knots.
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With two minutes to go the fleet were lining up at the committee boat end of the line in a pack. Series leader Qui Bin CHEN (CHN) and Charline PICON (FRA) both hung back in clear air away from the pack. With just less than a minute to go Lee KORSITZ (ISR) made her way along the line toward the pin end and as the fleet geared up for the start, PICON began her acceleration with 20 seconds to go and hit the line at top speed. CHEN hit the line right by the committee boat with the rest of the fleet spread along the line.

An individual recall was sounded by the Race Committee and two sailors elected to come back and restart thinking it might be them that was over the line. Wai Man CHAN (HKG) came back around the committee boat whilst Olga MASLIVETS (UKR) went round the other end. These two restarted and shot off in different directions up the beat. This was not good news for MASLIVETS. Coming into the day in second overall, MASLIVETS was the only sailor who had a chance of taking the gold from CHEN and re-starting cannot have been in her game plan. Nevertheless, it is better to be safe, an OCS would certainly have dashed all her hopes for a medal. As it turned out, Flavia TARTAGLINI (ITA) should have been more cautious and she was advised at the first mark that she had been over the line early and her race was over.

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Working the shifts up the beat, most of the fleet chose the right hand side of the course. This pack included Blanca MANCHON (ESP) lying in third overall, MASLIVETS, PICON and KORSITZ, surely making the same choice as two past Mistral World Champions and multiple Youth Worlds medal holders would be a good one.

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RS:X Women Medallists
l-r: Ukraine, China, Spain
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At the first mark it looked like MASLIVETS had pulled off a miracle as she rounded first - could she win gold and do the double for the Ukraine? KORSITZ was next round, followed by CHAN who came flying round the outside off her and shot off downwind, Wei Ming LIU (CHN) was next and then PICON. CHEN rounded in ninth place after choosing the wrong side of the first beat and this put the gold medal in the hands of MASLIVETS who had to finish five places higher to clinch it. Taking a hitch in shore and then back out to the windier part of the course the front three extended their lead by the time they reached the gate.

MASLIVETS held onto her lead for the next two legs and with CHEN dropping back to tenth it looked like she had it sewn up. But that would be to not reckon with the talent of Lee KORSITZ. After a serious disappointment in the third and fourth races of the gold fleet which she scored a DNF and a DNC due to equipment failure she fought hard to make the medal race but stood no chance of winning a medal. An outstanding final leg from KORSITZ in which she reigned in and overtook MASLIVETS saw her punch the air as she crossed the finish line first. Perhaps healing some of the hurt from earlier in the week. KORSITZ's victory also pulled her up the overall rankings from eighth to fourth just three points off the medals.

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Silver medallist Olga
MASLIVETS
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MASLIVETS was not threatened from behind and took second place comfortably ahead of CHAN. She then had to sit back and wait to see where CHEN would finish to find out what colour her medal would be. Collecting four points for her second place she finished the series on 33 which meant she needed CHEN to finish worse than seventh for her to win the gold medal. But CHEN showed her class once again and sailed hard down the final leg to pull herself up the fleet and eventually finish in seventh. This meant that she won the gold by just one point from MASLIVETS. Blanca MANCHON came in sixth but this was enough to win the bronze medal.

Women's RS:X Top Ten

Pos Nation Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 MR Pts
1 CHN Qiubin CHEN 1 1 (7) 5 1 2 2 6 14 32
2 UKR Olga MASLIVETS 8 3 1 1 (28) OCS 13 1 2 4 33
3 ESP Blanca MANCHON 4 (28) OCS 5 2 13 8 5 5 12 54
4 ISR Lee KORZITS 14 2 (28) DNF 28 DNC 4 3 3 1 2 57
5 FRA Charline PICON 12 9 2 3 (19) 11 4 7 10 58
6 HKG Wai Man CHAN 9 6 8 8 7 4 (15) 13 6 61
7 CHN Wei Ming LIU 10 8 (15) 4 5 10 9 9 8 63
8 GRE Antonia FREY 5 7 6 10 11 5 (12) 4 18 66
9 NOR Jannicke STALSTROM 7 4 4 7 10 (18) 6 15 16 69
10 ITA Flavia TARTAGLINI (11) 11 11 9 6 1 7 3 22 OCS 70

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