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22 August 2005, 11:52 am
Three Gold Medals to Peru, One To Venezuela
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XV Juegos Bolivarianos
Colombia

The 48 sailors from the four south american nations participating in the sailing event at the XV Juegos Bolivarianos in Columbia faced tight competition across the four events, but Peru excelled to topple the other nations.
With three Gold Medals, Peru put in an outstanding performance which no doubt will be an enormous boost for sailing in the region.Concluding on Saturday, the XV Juegos Bolivarianos are held every four years.

Laser Radial - Women

Fresh from her experience at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship is Busan, Korea where she was part of the ISAF Athlete Participation Programme, Tania ZIMMERMAN (PER) has claimed one of her first titles in the Laser Radial, winning the Gold with two points to spare. With an ISAF World Ranking of 85, Tania is currently the top placed Peruvian sailor, sitting just four places ahead of the second placed Maria PIA BENAVIDEZ.

A tenth in race one was not an indicator of the performance to come from Tania in the twelve boat fleets, as she went onto place top three positions in all but one of the remaining races. A relatively close battle with team mate Maria PIA BENAVIDEZ saw Maria lead Tania through the series, as Tania suffered from her opening points, but from race four onwards Tania claimed her position. Behind these two who held a clear points margin on the rest of the fleet, the bronze medal went to Andrea SABA (VEN).

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 PER Tania ZIMMERMANN (10) 3 2 1 1 5 2 3 17
2 PER Mara Pia BENAVIDEZ 1 2 4 (9) 2 3 1 6 19
3 VEN Andrea SABA 4 4 (10) 7 3 4 4 4 30
4 VEN Maria Vanessa REYES 3 6 (8) 3 5 8 6 1 32
5 COL Paula DOUAT 8 8 (OCS) 4 6 2 3 2 33
6 PER Paloma SCHMITH 9 1 3 (DSQ) 8 6 8 5 40
7 COL Jessica JACOB 7 5 6 2 7 7 (9) 7 41
8 VEN Rossana QUINTERO 11 7 (OCS) 8 4 1 5 8 44
9 ECU Gisella VILLENA 5 10 1 6 10 (11) 10 10 52
10 ECU Gabriela CUCALON 2 9 9 10 (11) 9 7 9 55
11 ECU Carla VILLENA 6 12 5 (DSQ) 9 10 11 11 64
12 COL Maria Claudia RAMIREZ 12 11 7 5 (DNF) DNS 12 12 72

Laser - Men

Over the in the men's Laser event, it was Luis Alberto OLCESE (PER) who challenged the rest of the fleet, with a scoreline across the seven races of top five results. With an ISAF World Ranking of 303, the odds were looked long for OLCESE to take the title, especially with the likes of Olympic sailor Augusto NICOLINI (PER) snapping at his stern. Whilst NICOLINI took more bullets, he couldn't maintain his form and with a couple of lower results slipped into claim third a mere two points behind OLCESE. Another well known sailor from the region Johny BILBAO (VEN) placed second overall.

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total
1 PER Luis Alberto OLCESE 3 1 2 4 2 -5 2 14
2 VEN Johny BILBAO 1 -5 3 1 3 3 4 15
3 PER Augusto NICOLINI 2 2 8 2 1 -11 1 16
4 ECU Diego VELEZ -7 6 1 6 4 1 3 21
5 VEN Pedro DE LOS RIOS (OCS) 3 4 3 10 12 5 37
6 COL Nestor PARRA 9 7 9 5 7 2 -12 39
7 PER Francisco VIZQUERRA 4 10 -12 8 9 4 6 41
8 COL Daniel SPATH 8 4 10 -11 5 8 8 43
9 ECU Carlos Andres PLAZAS 5 9 11 -12 6 9 7 47
10 ECU Carlos Emilio VALDEZ 10 -12 5 7 11 6 9 48
11 COL Juan Carlos HERKRAT 6 8 7 9 -12 10 10 50
12 VEN Jose Miguel RUIZ (DSQ) 11 6 10 8 7 11 53

Sunfish - Men

Leading the fleet to take the gold, Marx CHIRINOS (VEN) took the lead after his second bullet in race 4, and from thereon was on track for the gold, the one gold medal claimed by Venezuela. CHIRINOS sailed a tidy but close series to finish two points ahead of Solmar BERMUDEZ (COL), with Columbia also taking the bronze. Throughout the series the top four finishers were in podium contention, with just the positions jostling.

With the Zimmerman family again represented, and a couple of bullets to his credit, the potential of young Diego ZIMMERMAN (PER) was evident. He led the fleet for the first three races, before being caught by CHIRINOS, and eventually fell to an OCS and two eighth places to scupper his hopes of a medal.

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts
1 VEN Marx CHIRINOS 5 1 (8) 1 5 2 5 5 2 26
2 COL Solmar BERMUDEZ 8 3 1 (8) 3 4 2 3 4 28
3 COL Andrey QUINTERO 7 2 2 5 2 3 (11) 2 7 30
4 VEN Hugolino COLMENARES 2 5 7 3 1 (OCS) 4 4 5 31
5 PER Diego ZIMMERMANN 1 4 6 4 6 (OCS) 8 8 1 38
6 COL Miguel BOTERO (12) 11 5 11 7 1 6 1 6 48
7 PER Guillermo CAPELLETI 3 9 4 7 8 8 7 (9) 3 49
8 ECU Sebastian HERRERA 6 6 3 9 (OCS) 9 1 6 10 50
9 ECU Julio VELEZ 4 8 (11) 10 9 6 3 7 9 56
10 VEN Jesus SALAZAR 9 10 10 6 4 5 9 12 8 61
11 ECU Gabriel MORAN 11 7 9 2 10 7 10 10 (11) 66
12 PER Ramon CHIARELLA 10 12 12 12 11 (OCS) 12 11 12 92

Optimist - Youth

Showcasing some of the rising stars of the region, the Optimist fleet was a mix of young stars and newcomers to the international scene.

Gold to Peru and Alexander ZIMMERMAN, not surprising bearing in mind he finished 37 at the recent Optimist World Championships in Switzerland. An excellent scoreline and three bullets secured the medal, but it was not all plain sailing, especially after an 11 in race 4, saw him fall down the leaderboard. Chasing hard were Alex COLLIN (ECU) who took the silver, and another member of the same clan Daniela ZIMMERMAN who came in third.

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts
1 PER Alexander ZIMMERMANN 1 7 3 (11) 1 2 5 1 3 23
2 ECU Alex COLLIN 3 6 4 5 6 3 6 2 (7) 35
3 PER Daniela ZIMMERMANN 5 1 7 3 2 7 9 4 (DNF) 38
4 VEN Victor DIAZ DE LEON 2 2 11 9 7 1 1 8 (DNF) 41
5 PER Gonzalo PICCO RUIZ 6 8 8 (DNF) 4 10 2 3 2 43
6 ECU Pedro VELEZ 4 4 10 6 8 6 (DSQ) 6 1 45
7 COL Adriana GARCIA 9 10 6 1 5 9 4 5 (DNF) 49
8 VEN Juan BARROS 10 9 (12) 2 10 8 3 7 4 53
9 COL Ana Maria RAMIREZ 8 5 9 8 (11) 4 8 9 6 57
10 ECU Geanlucca PEROTTI 7 11 1 10 3 (12) 11 11 5 59
11 VEN Alberto RENGIFO 11 3 2 7 (12) 11 7 10 9 60
12 COL Lorenzo ROJAS 12 12 5 4 9 5 10 (DNF) 8 65
ISAF, Image: Augusto Nicolini (PER) at the 2004 Olympics, © ISAF
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