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27 June 2013, 09:05 am
British And German Gold Haul In Kiel
Finland's Laser Radial winner Tuula Tenkanen
Finland's Laser Radial winner Tuula Tenkanen

Kieler Woche 2013
Kiel, Germany

Racing across eight Olympic events and the Paralympic 2.4mR came to a close on Wednesday at Kieler-Woche as British and German sailors took three gold medals apiece.
Hundreds of spectators gathered in front of the video screen at the Audi Arena in Schilksee to watch the action unfold. Further gold medals went the way of Spanish, Austrian and Finnish sailors.

In the Laser home favourite Philipp Buhl defended the title he won in 2012 and on the final day knocked Robert Scheidt (BRA) and ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami winner Jesper Stalheim (SWE) down a spot.

In the 49er, Nico Delle Karth and Nikolaus Resch (AUT) remained in charge on the final day to take gold. With a capsize in the first of three Medal Races, Eric Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER) had only a theoretical chance of victory and won the second race. But it did not help. With a victory in the last race, Delle Karth and Resch wholly deserved their victory. Pavle Kostov and Petar Cupac (CRO) took bronze.

After Heiko Kroeger (GER) won 2.4mR gold with a day to spare and Buhl claimed the Laser honours, Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke (GER) added another gold to the German teams medal haul. The crew from Strande and Munich was the early Kiel Week winner after two of the three Medal Races in the Olympic 49erFX. After the success at the EUROSAF Sailing Champions Cup at Medemblik, this was the second coup, with the Australian crews Olivia Price and Caitlin Elks and Tessa Parkinson and Chelsea Hall following on rank two and three. Victoria Jurczok and Anika Lorenz (GER) finished fourth.

In the Nacra 17, the three-time 49er World Champion Iker Martinez with his crew Tara Pacheco took the victory. The Spaniard won gold at the Olympics in 2004 in Greece with his crew Xabier Fernandez in the 49er and silver in 2008. The 36 year old Basque-born participated in Kiel with Pacheco in the mixed catamaran and won. In the final, the Spaniard pushed the former leading Australian team of Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin to second place. Third overall went to the Austrian team of Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank.

Mark Andrews (GBR) and Dennis Karpak (EST) and Piotr Kula (POL) took the podium places in the Finn.

The 470 was dominated by the British sailors. Luke Patience and Joe Glanfiled triumphed over their fellow countrymen Nick Rogers and Elliot Willis and the Austrians Matthias Schmidt and Florian Reichstaedter.

The third gold medal for Great Britain in Kiel was won in the Women's 470. Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre ensured the victory by winning the Medal Race on countback, having finished on the same points as the Dutch team Kyranakou and Anneloes van Veen. The Austrian team of Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar continued their good form by taking third overall.

Tuula Tenkanen from Finland pointed out her special position and let another victory follow the five first places in the fleet races. Three-times Kiel Week winner Paige Railey (USA) won silver, followed by Josefin Olsson from Sweden.

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Hermann Hell (As Amended by ISAF)
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