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Karol Jablonski

ISAF World Match Race Rankings

World Champion set to end the year at the top. In the penultimate ranking release for 2002, there is no change at the top of the Women's Rankings, but Karol Jablonski (POL) now leads the world in the Open Rankings.
Open Rankings
A meteoric rise in the world of match racing has culminated in claiming pole position at the top of the ISAF Open Match Racing World Rankings for Karol Jablonski (POL). From unlucky 13th on the world rankings twelve months ago, to the World's Number 1 is a fantastic achievement.

Since the last rankings, Jablonski's best result was a 5th at the ISAF Grade 2 Berlin Cup from 1-3 November, but as we all know it is consistency that can play dividends not always taking the gun.

Not so hot for Peter Holmberg (ISV), who until today's unseating had been enjoying a nine-month uncontested reign as the world's top match racer.

However, with only a 16 point margin over 2nd placed Jesper Radich (DEN), Jablonski will need to keep the results coming in to maintain his position.

This issue of the rankings sees three new entries into both the top 10 and the top 20. At the top, out go Francois Brenac (FRA), Gavin Brady (USA) and Philippe Presti (FRA), making way for newcomers Mathieu Richard (FRA), Johnie Berntsson (SWE) and Mattias Rahm (SWE).

Meanwhile in the top 20, out go Magnus Holmberg, James Spithill (USA) and Andy Green (GBR). Green has experienced one of the biggest drops this ranking, but of course his focus has been elsewhere with the GBR Challenge America's Cup team. To replace these three in come Henrik Jensen (DEN) up to 17th from 21st, Cameron Appleton (NZL) up to 18th from 22nd and Martin Angsell (SWE), up to 20th from 26th. With this rankings including a majority of events within Europe, it is not surprising that the European sailors have gained as well as lost. For Henrik Jensen, whilst familiar around the early 20's he has never quite made the break for a consistent top 20 placing, and hopefully for him he has now made the grade. For Martin Angsell, being ranked 20th in the world marks his highest placing achieved to date.

One of the more significant leaps is Paul Campbell-James (GBR), who moves up to 24th from 41st , placing him as Great Britain's top ranked match racer.

However, in the top 10 it is the Scandanavian countries which dominate, with four Swedish sailors in the top 10 and two Danish.

Position - Name - Nation - Previous - Events - Points
1. Karol JABLONSKI-POLAND-3-8-10680
2. Jesper RADICH - DENMARK - 4 - 8 - 10664
3. Jes GRAM - HANSEN - DENMARK - 2 - 8 - 10644
4. Peter HOLMBERG - VIRGIN ISLANDS - 1 - 8 - 10364
5. Mikael LINDQVIST - SWEDEN - 7 - 8 - 8949
6. Bjorn HANSEN - SWEDEN - 5 - 8 - 8876
7. Mathieu RICHARD - FRANCE - 13 - 8 - 8529
8. Johnie BERNTSSON - SWEDEN - 16 - 8 - 8502
9. Paolo CIAN - ITALY - 8 - 8 - 8473
10. Mattias RAHM - SWEDEN - 15 - 8 - 8234

Click here for the complete ISAF Open Match Racing World Rankings.

Women's Rankings

In the Women's Rankings, the only event to be included was the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Osprey Cup in St Petersburg, USA from 31 October to 3 November.

However, this has no effect on the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Ranking Leader Marie Bjorling (DEN) who remains number one in the world. While she can't climb any higher on the women's rankings, there is still room to improve on the open rankings, and with a 5th place at the ISAF Grade 4 Winter Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden on 9-10 November Bjorling has moved from 143rd to 108th on the Open circuit.

Betsy Alison's win at the Osprey Cup took her from 18 up to 11, almost into the top 10, a position which she can normally expect to find herself.

Meanwhile, fellow American, Liz Bayliss, who is the current ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion, did not compete at the Rolex Osprey Cup, and as a result has dropped from 3 to 8. Bayliss has maintained a steady rise up the World Rankings over the past two years, enjoying her highest placing of second in the world in June this year.

Moving 15 places into the top 10 is Klaritje Zuiderbaan (NED), who took second place in St Petersburg, to sit steady at 5th in the world. A couple of years ago, Klaritje regularly featured at the top of the world match race rankings, but with timeout offshore sailing, including several legs in the Volvo Ocean Race, dropped places. Expect to see more of her at the top.

Mallin Milbourn's (SWE), move into 2nd place, puts two Swedes at the top. Millbourn's move up is to the detriment of Danish Lotte Meldgaared Pedersen, who is ousted from the 2nd place spot, which she had comfortably held for almost a year, down to 3rd.

A big drop down for fellow sailor Dorte Jensen (DEN), who moves from 4th to 14th. Jensen held the ISAF Match Racing World Championship title for three consecutive years - 1999, 2000 and 2001 - until this year and is now showing a distinct move down.

Also moving out of the top 10 is France's Anne Le Helley, down from 8th to 20th, but her loss makes way for fellow French sailor Gwen Joulie to move up from 11th to 9th and claim her highest position to date on the world rankings.

Position changes from 10th to 20th position on the rankings, include three new entries. The most impressive being from 5th placed finisher at the Rolex Osprey Cup, Debbie Willits (USA) who goes from 44th to 17th. An excellent result, bearing in mind a year ago she was outside the world's top 100.

Also moving into the top 20 is another USA sailor, Charlie Arms, who goes from 23rd to 16th, as a result of her 6th place finish at the Rolex Osprey Cup, and new entry at 19th is Martina Kalermo of Finland, up from 24th.

Other significant movers include Paula Lewin (BER) up to 24th from 36th,

Position - Name - Nation - Previous - Events - Points
1. Marie BJORLING - SWEDEN - 1 - 8 - 11224
2. Malin MILLBOURN - SWEDEN - 7 - 8 - 8201
3. Lotte MELDGAARED PEDERSEN - DENMARK - 2 - 8 - 7228
4. Marie FAURE - FRANCE - 6 - 6 - 7157
5. Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN - NETHERLANDS - 20 - 7 - 7117
6. Nina BRAESTRUP - DENMARK - 10 - 8 - 7044
7. Giulia CONTI - ITALY - 5 - 8 - 7004
8. Liz BAYLIS - USA - 3 - 7 - 6845
9. Gwen JOULIE - FRANCE - 11 - 8 - 5767
10. Sabrina GURIOLI - ITALY - 9 - 8 - 5557

Click here for the complete ISAF Open Match Racing World Rankings.

The final ISAF World Match Race Rankings Release of 2002 will be on 18 December 2002.

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