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8 May 2002, 10:09 am
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Ynglings at Hyeres Week

ISAF World Sailing Rankings

The ISAF World Rankings for the Olympic Classes were released on 30 April 2002 after the conclusion of Hyeres Week, France. The previous ranking was issued on 6 February 2002. So who moved and who didn't………….??
Tornado - no change in the top four places with Roman Hagara and Hans Steinacher (AUT) still in pole position. Good leap for Santiago Lange and Carlos Espinola (ARG) who have jumped up from 10 to 6, after some good results at the Princess Sofia and Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week. Going down … out of the top 10 go brothers Helge Sach and Christian Sach (GER), who have moved from 7 to 13.

Laser - Again no change at the top with Portugal's Gustavo Lima continuing to lead the rankings since September 2001, closely chased by Robert Scheidt (BRA) in second place. Great Britain's Paul Goodison has been steadily climbing the rankings and now finds himself placed third, which is the highest position he has held. The only new entry in the top 10 is another British sailor, Edward Wright, whose arrival has ousted Sweden's Daniel Birgmark from the top 10.

470 Women - No change at the top with Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE) holding their own, but now being very closely chased by the 2000 Olympic Gold Medallists Jenny Armstrong and Belinda Stowell (AUS), who now find themselves in the highest position since their 2000 Gold Medal win. Otherwise the April rankings see the same sailors in the top 10, but in slightly different positions.

470 Men - Fellow Greek Sailors, Andreas Kosmatopoulos and Kostas Trigonis lead the men's rankings, a position they have held since June 2001. Otherwise we see the same sailors in the top 10, except Olli Posti and Markus Hongisto (FIN) who have been superceded by Great Britain's Graham Vials and Dan Newman who enter at number 10.

49er - The top three crews remain the same, led by Ukrainians Rodion Luka and Georgiy Leonchuk (UKR), who first claimed pole position at the previous rankings of 6 February 2002. Meanwhile no changes, except down and out of the top 10 go Marcus Baur and Max Groy (GER), making way for Alistair Richardson and Peter Greenhalgh (GBR). Not bad for GBR who now have three crews in the top 10 of the 49er Rankings.

Star - the Star Rankings are still led by Olympic Gold Medallists Mark Reynolds and Magnus Lilejadhl (USA), with Olympic Bronze Medallists Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira (BRA) hot on their heels, only 11 points behind. Up even further in the rankings goes the Star Class President Riccardo Simnoeschi and crew of Ferdinando Colaninno (ITA) who have moved up to seventh place overall. Otherwise new entries in the top 10 are Benny Andersen and Mogens Just (DEN) who have moved from 11 to 10, and out go John Maccausland and Sean Delaney (USA) who have gone down from 6 to 13.

Yngling - having only been included on the rankings since July 2001, the rankings for the new women's keelboat are still balancing themselves out. However, still holding pole position, as they have since July 2001, are Australia's Melanie Dennison, Fiona Herbert and Caroline Aders. A big leap into the top 10, and straight in at second postion are Spain's Monica Azon Canalda, Diana Cuadras and Julia Garcia, who fresh from their second placed result at Hyeres have jumped 10 places from 12 to 2, having previously placed 25 on the December 2001 rankings. Also doing well are Germany's Ulrike Schumann, Wibke Buelle and Winnie Lippert who are up to 4 from 21.

Mistral Men - Congratulations to Maxim Oberenko (UKR) who is the new leader of the men's world rankings, having jumped up to first place from fourth. Another good mover has been Hong Kong's Cho Ho Ho who has moved up to 11 from 19. Out of the top 10 goes Gal Friedman (ISR) who has moved down to 14.

Mistral Women - Quite a lot of movement in the Women's Mistral Rankings, although no change at the top with Lee Lai Shan (HKG) still out in front with a good 380 point margin, with Amelie Lux (GER) sitting close in behind her. Moving up to third is Olympic Gold Medallist Alessandra Sensini (ITA), who having dropped down over the past few rankings, is now clearly on her way back up. All change in the other top 10 positions with three new skippers in and three out.

Europe - little change in the Europe Class, although we have a new world ranking leader with Sari Multala (FIN) claiming pole position from Lenka Smidova (CZE) who had been in at the top for only one ranking. This brings Sari back to where she is used to being, at the top, a position she has held since May 2001. Into the top 10 come Petra Niemann (GER) and Signe Livbjerg (DEN), whilst down go Sarah Macky (NZL) and Joana Pratas (POR).

Finn - There is no change in the top 4 positions in the Finn Class, with 1996 Olympic Gold Medallist Mateusz Kusznierewicz (CZE) sitting comfortably ahead of his closest rival Sebastien Godefroid (BEL) in top spot. Moving out from the top 10 goes Martijn Van Muyden (NED) and in comes Charlie Cumbley (GBR). Well done to Rafael Truyillo Villar (ESP) who has made a significant jump of 19 places from 40 to 21.
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