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2 August 2005, 12:44 pm
DIAZ Retains Title
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Snipe World Championship 2005
Gamagori, Japan

Reigning champion Augie DIAZ and crew Pamela KELLY (USA) have successfully defended their Snipe World title in a series cut short by Typhoon Banyun in Gamagori, Japan.
DIAZ and KELLY were clear winners after the five Championship races, with top ten finishes in the first four securing them the title.

The first two days of the Championship were postponed due to Typhoon Banyun, making last Thursday 28 July, when three races were sailed, a decisive day. DIAZ and KELLY scored finishes of 4,4,9 to take the lead of the Championship, with none of the other 50 competitors able to manage three one digit scores.

One race was sailed on the following day with fifth place giving the American duo a nine point lead at the top ahead of Uruguay's Pablo DEFAZIO and Eduardo MEDICI. A further ten points separated them from the Japanese team of Shigeru MATSUZAKI and Hiroyuki SUGIURA.

The final race of the Championship on Saturday saw DIAZ and KELLY come in 19th, a comfortable six places above DEFAZIO and MEDICI, to earn them the title in the 75th anniversary event of the Snipe World Championship. MATSUZAKI and SUGIURA were able to take advantage of the Uruguayan's slip and came in ninth to move above them into the silver medal position.

ISAF. Image, The three medaliists with MATSUZAKI and SUGIURA (front right) leading DEFAZIO and MEDICI (centre) and DIAZ and KELLY (centre left):© Event Media
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