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13 August 2006, 03:37 pm
NEUGODNIKOV Wins Out
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Yava Trophy 2006
Ekaterinburg, Russia

World number seven Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS) defeated Neville WITTEY (AUS) in the final to take the ISAF Grade 1 Yava Trophy in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Andrew ARBUZOV (RUS) had earlier claimed third place with victory in the petit-final.
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Yesterday in variable weather which at times produced thunderstorms and hard rain, NEUGODNIKOV had won a fiercely fought semi-final match against Eugeniy NIKIFOROV (RUS) 3-2. Meanwhile WITTEY beat 2000 and 2001 winner ARBUZOV 3-1 to book his place in the today's final.

Before the final got underway ARBUZOV and NIKIFOROV lined up in a battle for third place, won by ARBUZOV 2-1. WITTEY took an early advantage in the final with victory in the first race but from then on it was all NEUGODNIKOV, with the Russian winning three in a row to take the title.

Yava Trophy Results

Final

Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS) d. Neville WITTEY (AUS), 3-1

Petit-Final

Andrew ARBUZOV (RUS) d. Eugeniy NIKIFOROV (RUS), 2-1

Semi-Finals

Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS) d. Eugeniy NIKIFOROV (RUS), 3-2
Neville WITTEY (AUS) d. Andrew ARBUZOV (RUS), 3-1

Quarter-Final Round

1. Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), 4-1
2. Andrew ARBUZOV (RUS), 4-1
3. Eugeniy NIKIFOROV (RUS), 3-2
4. Neville WITTEY (AUS), 2-3
5. Pierre-Antoine MORVAN (FRA), 1-4
6. Sergey MUSIKHIN (RUS), 1-4

Seventh-Tenth Place Round Robin

7. Takumi NAKAMURA (JPN)
8. Alpo KAAKINEN (FIN)
9. Andrew CORNAH (GBR)
10. Mahesh RAMCHANDRAN (IND)

Round Robin

1. Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), 8-1
2. Neville WITTEY (AUS), 7-2
3. Eugeniy NIKIFOROV (RUS), 7-2
4. Andrew ARBUZOV (RUS), 6-3
5. Sergey MUSIKHIN (RUS), 5-4
6. Pierre-Antoine MORVAN (FRA), 4-5
7. Takumi NAKAMURA (JPN), 3-6
8. Andrew CORNAH (GBR), 2-7
9. Alpo KAAKINEN (FIN), 2-7
10. Mahesh RAMCHANDRAN (IND), 1-8

Yava Trophy Final Standings

1. Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS)
2. Neville WITTEY (AUS)
3. Andrew ARBUZOV (RUS)
4. Eugeniy NIKIFOROV (RUS)
5. Pierre-Antoine MORVAN (FRA)
6. Sergey MUSIKHIN (RUS)
7. Takumi NAKAMURA (JPN)
8. Alpo KAAKINEN (FIN)
9. Andrew CORNAH (GBR)
10. Mahesh RAMCHANDRAN (IND)

For all the news on the Yava Trophy CLICK HERE.

Yana DOBZHITSKAYA (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV lifted the Yava Trophy:© Susu KUKKONEN
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