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5 July 2005, 12:40 pm
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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2005
Busan, Korea

The Polski Zwiazek Zeglarski will be sending four sailors to the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship which begins in Busan, Korea next week.
From 14-23 July there will be Polish interest in the two single-handed dinghy and the two windsurfer events. It will be the 18th ISAF Youth Worlds that Poland have attended and the 14th straight since 1992. Their first medal came 20 years ago courtesy of Piotr DOLINSKI and Jaroslaw GOSZCZYNSKI in the 1985 double-handed dinghy competition in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Seven years later Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ won a bronze medal in the Laser and has since gone only to win Poland's only two sailing medals at the Olympic Games, including a gold in the Finn in 1996.

KUSZNIEREWICZ started an incredible run of success which has seen Poland medal at all of the last 13 ISAF Youth Worlds and climb to ninth in the overall medal table. The medal run has been mainly sustained by the country's fantastic performances in the windsurfing events including a still unbroken record of six gold medals in the Mistral girls event. This year Magorzata BIAŁECKA, who finished tenth at the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany and 23rd at the ISAF Grade W Mistral World Championship in Mondello, Italy, takes over the mantel of four times ISAF Youth World Champion, Zofia KLEPACKA in the windsurfer event. Meanwhile third place windsurfer in Kiel, Łukasz GRODZICKI will be aiming to retain the gold medal that Kamil LEWANDOWSKI won in the boys event last year.

The Polish Youth World Team:

  • Single-handed dinghy boys - Laser
    Piotr KULA
  • Single-handed dinghy girls - Laser Radial
    Katarzyna PIC
  • Windsurfer boys - Mistral
    Łukasz GRODZICKI
  • Windsurfer girls - Mistral
    Małgorzata BIAŁECKA
ISAF. Image, The pressure is on Poland's windsurfers to repeat the success of four times winner, Zofia KLEPACKA:© Peter Bentley
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