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20 May 2006, 07:15 am
Hobie Tiger Medal Race
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ISAF World Sailing Games 2006
Lake Neusiedl, Austria

Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) finished second in the Medal Race to secure Australia's second gold medal of the day. Mitch BOOTH and Herbert DERCKSEN (NED) won the Medal Race to take second overall, whilst third gave the bronze medal to Coen De KONING and Mischa HEEMSKERK (NED).
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Results in bold on the table to the right indicate Medal Race completion. Meanwhile the table on the left will link to in depth reviews of each Medal Race as they happen through the day.

Dutch Grip Tightens

Racing to secure their silver medal Mitch BOOTH and Herbert DERCKSEN (NED) led the Hobie Tiger fleet from start to finish, with no option for anyone else to wrestle a win in the Medal Race from their grasp.

A slow start at 1056 UTC (1256 local time) saw the fleet really split as they headed up to the windward mark with the charge led by BOOTH and DERCKSEN over fellow dutch team mates Coen DE KONING and Mischa HEEMSKERK, with Thomas ZAJAC and Thomas CZJAKA (AUT) in third and series leaders Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) in fourth. The Aussies were sailing safe where they could be confident of gold medal victory.

Results
Men's RS:X
Women's RS:X
Laser
Laser Radial
Men's 470
Women's 470
49er
Hobie Tiger
Hobie 16
Team Racing
Medal Races In Depth
Results As They Happen
Men's RS:X
Women's RS:X
Laser
Laser Radial
Men's 470
Women's 470
49er
Hobie Tiger
Hobie 16
Team Racing
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French Lose Bronze

Things were not looking good for the French pairing of Xavier REVIL and Christophe ESPAGNON (FRA) who were third overall going into the Medal

Race, and rounding the leeward mark as the second to last boat, their work was truly cut out for them. Their closest challengers DE KONING and HEEMSKERK had secured the points gap to wrestle the bronze medal away.

Some stunning sailing in the next legs saw the French muscle their way through up to seventh overall and then finish in fourth, but it was not enough, and with the leading three boats holding a significant lead, there was no chance to catch up.

Home Nation Disappointment

Disappointment for the host nation team of Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER (AUT) who opened the gold fleet series looking assured of a podium place, but a couple of double digit results saw them way down the fleet, from where it was impossible to reach their goal.

Despite knowing the peculiarities of Lake Neusiedl like the back of their hand, as many sailors have said the lake is 'like no place I've sailed before!', and even double Olympic gold medallists can be foiled!

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Hobie Tiger Medallists Flower Ceremony
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Hobie Tiger Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Skipper Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 MR Pts
1 AUS Darren BUNDOCK Glenn ASHBY 8 9 1 1 1 (10) 1 1 4 26
2 NED Mitch BOOTH Herbert DERCKSEN (17) 16 2 2 4 6 4 2 2 38
3 NED Coen DE KONING Mischa HEEMSKERK 5 12 8 3 5 (13) 5 3 6 47
4 FRA Yann GUICHARD Laurent GUILLEMETTE 9 3 11 4 (18) 16 2 4 8 57
5 FRA Xavier REVIL Christophe ESPAGNON 4 5 5 (21) DNF 10 3 7 5 18 57
6 AUT Thomas ZAJAC Thomas CZAJKA 1 8 (14) 7.6 RDG 6 9 8 10 16 65.6
7 CAN Oskar JOHANSSON Kevin STITTLE 7 (13) 7 7 3 4 10 8 20 66
8 AUT Roman HAGARA Hans Peter STEINACHER 6 2 3 (21) DNF 17 1 16 12 10 67
9 GBR Andy WALSH Ed BARNEY 3 4 10 5 9 14 (18) 11 14 70
10 RUS Andrey KIRILYUK Valery USHKOV 16 7 18 (21) DNF 13 2 3 7 12 78

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