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17 August 2005, 12:31 pm
World University Games Moves Into Day Three
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Universiade 2005
Izmir, Turkey

Anna TUNNICLIFFE captured Team USA's first sailing victory of the 2005 Universiade yesterday afternoon in race four of the regatta for Laser Radial at the Karsiyaka Sailing Centre in Izmir, Turkey. Elsewhere things are heating up as the competition enters it's third day.
The World University Games or Universiade, which include both summer and winter versions, are held every two years for student-athletes between the ages of 17-28. Eligible athletes must be registered for a full course of study at a university or have obtained their degrees within a year of the Games. The World University Games bring together the best collegiate athletes from around the world for eleven days of competition in a multi-sport Olympic style event.

For TUNNICLIFFE the win was a good way to cap the day after finishing sixth in race three, the first race of the day. The performance puts TUNNICLIFFE in second place in the overall regatta standings with seven points total, just behind Poland's Katarzyna SZOTYNSKA who leads with four points. Mexico's Tania ELIAS CALLES lies third.

'It was a great race,' said TUNNICLIFFE. 'The wind lightened up a little bit and I got off the line good, went to the right side and there was only a couple of others over there, so it worked out well for me. It was a nice way to end the day. I had a little bit of a rough race the first race, but it's still really early in the competition so it's still hard to tell where anyone is going to finish overall.'

Team USA made its strongest showing of the event thus far in the second race of the day, with all four sailors placing in the top ten. Besides TUNNICLIFFE's victory, Jenny GERVAIS improved dramatically from her previous three races to finish tenth in Laser Radial. On the men's side in Laser, Andrew CAMPBELL kept his consistent form, finishing third, while Brendan FAHEY had his best race of the Games thus far finishing eighth.

With the mayor of Izmir looking on from the press boat on a beautiful warm, sunny day in Izmir Bay and with much lighter winds than yesterday, CAMPBELL found the conditions more to his liking. CAMPBELL is currently in fourth place overall, behind joint leaders Johann CECHOSZ (FRA) and Tonko KUZMANIC (CRO) and third place Kemal MUTLUBAS (TUR). Yesterday the American weighed in with finishes of fifth and third.

'The conditions were a fair amount lighter today as there was a lot less breeze,' said CAMPBELL. 'It made a difference only in the fact that it mixed the fleet up a lot more. I personally didn't sail all that much different. I think I had the same scores as yesterday [Monday], but some of the guys ahead of me had some bad races and mediocre races. That's what happens in light air, it kind of helps to mix the fleet up. I just need to keep putting solid scores on the board and getting top five finishes like I've been doing and try to keep out of the penalties. I think that I gained a few points on the guys ahead of me and closed the gap a little bit, so I think I'm back close to even with those guys.'

In the women's 470 competition Japan's Reiko TAKAHASHI and Naoko KAMATA hold a two point lead at the top. A bullet in yesterday's final race puts Italy's Elisabeth SACCHEGGIANI and Myriam CUTOLO second, with the leading two already opening a gap over the rest of the fleet.

Sime FANTELA and Igor MARENIC (CRO) look well on the way to adding the Universiade title to the Junior 470 World and European crowns they have already won this year. After three second places and a bullet they hold an eleven point lead.

Meanwhile in the Mistral, Flavia TARTAGLINI (ITA) leads by a single point from the number one sailor in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, Olga MASLIVETS (UKR), whilst Fabrice HASSEN (FRA) has a clear lead in the men's fleet.

Sailing competition continues today with races five and six of the regatta at the Karsiyaka Sailing Centre. Each competitor races twice daily through until 20 August for a total of 12 races (competitors drop the two lowest scores).

Cecil Bleiker/Marlieke Eaton (As Amended By ISAF)
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