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8 November 2012, 11:20 am
Swede Takes Deserved Gold At Kona Worlds At Fourth Attempt
The 2012 medallists
The 2012 medallists

Kona World Championship
Gran Canaria, Spain

18 year old Swedish talent Adam Holm managed to finally take the step on top of the podium after one bronze medal and two silver medals in the last three Worlds.
Back on shore the new champion was carried by his team mates, friends and family on his board to the podium, celebrating the impressive sailing over seven races that gave him a total score of 13. His record was: 3-(10)-1-4-3-1-1.

Last year's World Champion Tim Aagesen (DEN) finished second with a total score of 20 after seven races. Australian Dennis Winstanley won the bronze medal after an impressive last day and a total score of 26.

"I was very nervous for obvious reasons," said Holm. "In the first race I started close to Tim Aagesen. We both started close to the leeward mark. On the first upwind leg I felt that I had the speed and this released all my nervousness. The wind picked up and I felt that these where my conditions. Bit by bit I moved my way up through the field and on the second upwind leg I was in the lead. It was a great feeling.

"The second race, everything went my way. I took an early lead which I never let go of. The feeling when I crossed the finishing line was unbeatable. Finally, I had reached my goal after being close in previous championships."

Sweden's Andrea Holm (16 years) finished fifth overall, well before Norway's first lady of windsurfing Jorunn Horgen who finished 9th in her first Kona Worlds. Third lady was Canadian Dominique Vallée finishing 14th after impressive sailing when the wind picked up. With a third and fifth place in the last day's afternoon races she clearly proved her qualities as a Kona windsurfer. At the podium she also picked up the Worlds' relay stick from this year's organizer Marcos Perez, welcoming everyone to next year's Championships to be held in her home waters near Quebec, Canada.

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