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Universiade 2005
Izmir, Turkey

Andrew CAMPBELL (USA) and Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA) sailed in with the gold and silver medal respectively on Saturday, the final day of the Sailing competition at the 2005 Summer World University Games.
A strong second place finish in race eleven and a solid sixth in race twelve pushed CAMPBELL past home country favourite Turkey's Kemal MUTLUBAS for the gold medal.

'It's great (to have the gold medal),' said CAMPBELL. 'I told myself at the beginning of the event that if I could just be patient and sail my own regatta, just do as well as I can every day and take it one race at a time that things would work out. I've done enough sailing and enough training that it should work out right. As it turned out, it was just about perfect. I sailed the most consistent regatta of anybody and that obviously paid off so I was pretty happy about it. Today was tough. I went out and had a great first race and made it really difficult for Kemal to come back in the last one. He put up a really good fight and he almost did it himself. It was a really tight day, but I was glad to be able to put some serious points on him in the first race and be able to put it out of reach.'

TUNNICLIFFE who entered the day in second place needing to finish ahead of Poland's Katarzyna SZOTYNSKA was unable to do so, finishing eighth and fourth to SZOTYNSKA'S sixth and first.

'I'm pretty excited about how the overall event went,' said TUNNICLIFFE. 'My goal was to get a medal and to come away with the silver is pretty exciting. The Polish girl that beat me sailed an excellent regatta. She is really fast, so it was good to be right there with her the whole regatta. I'm pretty excited with how it went. It is a good step forward going toward the Olympics (Beijing in 2008).'

The gold medal in the Men's Windsufer event went to Fabrice HASSEN (FRA) whose ten bullets from the first eleven races meant he did not need to sail the final race. Victory in the final race was snapped up by Poland's Piotr MYSZKA whose consistent series gave him the silver medal ahead of Toni WILHELM (GER) who won bronze.

Over in the women's fleet things were a lot tighter with just seven points separating the top four sailors. The gold medal went to Romy KINZL (GER) ranked at number 21 in the world who beat world number 9 Flavia TARTAGLINI (ITA) into the silver medal position leaving current world number 1 Olga MASLIVETS (UKR) settling for the bronze on countback from Agata BRYGOLA (POL).

The two 470 fleets also sailed twelve races and in the women's fleet there were three crews dominating prceedings. Camille LECOINTRE and Gwendolyn CEMAITRE (FRA) finished fourth and first on the final day to claim the gold medal ahead of Reiko TAKAHASHI and Naoko KAMATA (JPN) whose first and second was just not quite enough to take over the top spot. Italy's 470 representatives at the 2004 Olympic Sailing Competition in Athens Elisabetta SACCHEGGIANI and Myriam CUTOLO won the bronze.

It was a different story in the men's fleet with the Croatian team of Sime FANTELA and Igor MARENIC not giving anyone else a look in. The pair totally dominated the regatta winning five of the ten races they sailed and claiming the gold medal with two races to spare. The silver medal went to Sergei DESKUKEVICH and Pavel LOGUNOV (BLR) just one point ahead of Tobias ETTER and Felix STEIGER (SUI).

With half of his team winning medals, USA Head Coach and Team Leader Gary BODIE (Hampton, Va.) was very pleased with the performance of the U.S. at the 2005 Summer World University Games,

'It is a great feeling,' said BODIE. 'We sailed really well today and came through with a gold and a silver. It was a fabulous ending for us. It (WUGs) is a great stepping stone for sure. Andrew has a gold medal in the Youth Worlds to match this gold medal at the World University Games. Both Andrew and Anna are really making strides toward the ultimate goal (making the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team). Their experience here is invaluable.'

Marlieke Eaton (As Amended by ISAF)
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