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World Sailing Rankings - the Official Rankings for the Olympic Classes

We bring you details of the movers and shakers from the lastest issue of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, released 30 May 2002.
Plenty of movement in the latest rankings from the previous release of 30 April 2002.

There have been many movers up into the top 10 and top 20 positions, and subsequently many movers down.

ISAF welcomes 45 new sailors onto the World Sailing Rankings - 30 new sailors from the SPA Regatta, 12 from Goldener Pfingstburstbusch Regatta, 1 from the North Sea Cup Series in Belgium and 2 from the Queensway Audi Icebreaker.

The next rankings release will be on 2 July 2002 after Kieler Woche.

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Tornado - Multihull Open
No change in the sailors in the top 7 places, but just a slight change in positions with Darren Buncock/Arie van Der Plas (AUS) moving up to 2 from 3, and Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola (ARG) moving up to 5 from 6.

New to the top 10 are Fernando Echavarri/Anton Paz (ESP) who move up to 9 from 11, their first top 10 entry.

Moving up to the top 20 for the first time are Diogo Cayolla/Nino Barreto (POR) and out of the top 20 go Mauricio Santa Cruz/Jonathan Farrar (BRA).

Otherwise no change in the sailors in the top 20.

Good upward movers for Hans Wallen/Peter Mikos (SWE) who have jumped from 57 to 32, Matte Eelse/Marcus Lynch from 91 to 49 and Oska Johansson/John Curtis (CAN) from 99 to 51.

Still topping the leader board since October 2000 are reigning Olympic Gold Medallists Roman Hagara/Hans Steinacher (AUT).

Star - Keelboat Open
Lots of changes in the Star rankings, but not at the top with Jose Maria van Der Ploeg/Domingo Marique (ESP) holding strong for a second rankings release, with Mark Reynolds/Magnus Liljedahl (USA) close behind in number 2 slot.

Five new crews move into the top 20 in total, two into the top 10, with Christian Rasmussen/Peter Osted (DEN) jumping into 6 from 15 and Vincent Brun/Mike Dorgan (USA) up to 10 from 12. The biggest leap into the top 20 are Iain Percy/Steve Mitchell (GBR) who move up from 48 to 20, with George Szabo/Austin Sperry (USA) moving from 25 to 13 and Hans Spitzauer/Wolfgang Brenner (AUT) who move up from 26 to 18.

Mistral - Boards Women
Only one new entry into the top 20 of Bryony Shaw (GBR) from 21 to 20 and out goes Pauline Perrin (FRA) from 22 to 20.

Lai Shan Lee (HKG) still leads with a comfortable points lead over her rivals, a position she has held since October 2001.

Olympic Gold Medallist Alessandra Sensini (ITA) has had a 4 place drop from 3 to 7, but no doubt will soon be back up in the top 3.

Two big moves in the top 20 with Masako Imai (JPN) moving from 11 to 6 and Natasha Sturges (GBR) up 5 places from 17 to 12.

Elsewhere on the women's rankings, the biggest move up comes from Shiri Ron (ISR) who goes 103 to 78 after her 12th place result at the recent SPA Regatta.

Mistral - Boards Men
Maxim Oberemko (UKR) has been ousted from the top slot he has held for one ranking (since 30 April 2002) by Przemek Miarczynski (POL) who has moved up to pole position tfrom 4. Miarczynski has been making steady progress up the rankings, his previous highest position being 3rd which he held for one ranking in October 2001.

Otherwise four new movers into the top 20, with the biggest leap by Samuel Launay (FRA) who goes from 26 to 18, with Sebastien Gutter (GER) from 23 to 16, Ivan Pastor Lafuente (ESP) from 21 to 17, and 1996 Olympic Gold Medallist Nikos Kaklamanakis (GER) from 22 to 20.

The biggest shaker out of the top 20 is Gal Friedman (ISR) who goes down from 14 to 21.

Laser Open
He was not going to be out of the top slot for long and Robert Scheidt (BRA) is back at the top, having been misplaced from 1st to 2nd since September 2001 by Gustavo Lima (POR), who himself has now dropped to 6th.

Paul Goodison (GBR) is proving a strong replacement for Ben Ainslie (GBR), as he now finds himself in 2nd place after his 8th place finish at SPA, the highest position he has attained on the rankings.

Big movers into the top 20 are Philippe Bergmans (BEL) who has halved his ranking to move from 30 to 15 and Rasmus Myrgren (SWE) from 28 to 19.

Into the top 10 goes Kalle Suneson (SWE) from 12 to 10, knocking out Edward Wright (GBR) who goes down from 10 to 11.

Finn - Men's Singlehanded
No change at the top with Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) holding the crown. Aside from a few brief falls from grace when he lost top slot each time for one ranking - 31 May 2001 went down to 2, 1 February 2001 when he went down to 5 and 30 August 2002 when he went down to 2, Mateusz has held the prime spot since 1999, and prior to that he held 2nd place for all of 1998, except one brief move into 3rd.

Preparing his spot for Athens 2004 is home sailor Emilios Papathanasiou (GRE) who moves up from 3 to 2, his highest position to date on the rankings.

Aside from a few position changes within the top 10, there is only one new entry into the top 10 with Clifton Webb (NZL) moving up from 12 to 9, the highest position he has yet attained on the rankings.

Big move up from 33 to 23 for Mathieu Delplanque (FRA) and a big shake down for Martijn Van Muyden (NED) from 11 to 24.

Europe - Women's Singlehanded
Sari Multala (FIN) continues to dominate the rankings, her most recent result being a Gold finish at SPA. Sari is looking confident at the top, having, aside from a few moves down, held this position for the past two years.

Lenka Smidova (CZE) holds her position as number 2, with Maria Coleman (IRL) moving down from 3 to 4, and Min Dezillie (BEL) moving up from 5 to 3.

New moves into the top 10 come from Carolijn Brouwer (NED) who moves from 11 to 6, and Sarah Macky (NZL) who moves from 12 to 7, her highest position yet held.

The biggest leap into the top 20 comes from Meg Gaillard (USA) who has moved up from 25 to 19, her highest position.

49er - High Performance Dinghy Open
Whilst Ukraine has been ousted from the top slot in the Mistral Men, in the 49er's Rodion Luka/Georgiy Leonchuk (UKR) are looking strong holding top slot for the second consecutive rankings release, since February 2002.

Not many changes in the top 10 positions, although two new and first time entries into the top 10 come from Chris Draper/Simon Hiscocks (GBR) up from 12 to 8 and brothers Peter Hansen/Soren Hansen (DEN) up from 15 to 9.

New entries into the top 20 are welcomed from Claus Hastrup Knudsen/Denis Dengose (DEN) moving from 21 to 16, and some strong performing brother partnerships from Marcus Haas/Christopher Haas (SWE) who move up from 24 to 18 and Pedro Rebelo de Andrade/Franciso R Andrade (POR) moving up from 25 to 19.

470 Men - Double-handed Dinghy
The men's double-handed rankings have been dominated by Andreas Kosmatopoulos/Kostas Trigonis (GRE), whose performance is equally matched by their team mates in the 470 Women. They will be celebrating their one year anniversary as the world's number in June, next month.

The top 20 rankings have remained fairly steady this release, with only one new entry and one moving out of both the top 20 and the top 10. However, a significant drop for Tomaz Copi/Gregor Lisjak (SLO) from 9 to 17, who are replaced by the new top 10 entry of Nathan Wilmot/Malcolm Page (AUS). The only new entry into the top 20 are brothers Matthew Belcher/Dan Belcher (AUS) up from 21 to 20, who have been enjoying a consistent climb up the rankings for the past year, and as a result out go Lukas Erni/Simon Bruegger (SUI).

Looking further down the rankings, a huge leap of 83 places from 197 to 114 for Necdet Gursel/Okan Akdag (TUR).

470 Women - Double-handed Dinghy
Matching the Greek 470 men sailors at the top are Sofia Bekatorou/Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE), who have held onto their top slot for the eighth successive rankings and have just celebrated one year as the world's best this month.

In fact there is no change at all in the top 4 crews. The top 10 rankings are dominated by german sailors with four crews making the top 10, in places 4, 6, 7 and 8, the highest placed being Stefanie Rothweiler/Monika Leu (GER).

New into the top 10 are Ingrid Petitjean/Nadege Douroux (FRA) moving up to 10 from 11, ousting Maria Fernanda Sesto/Paula Reinoso (ARG) who have had a disappointing drop out of the top 10 from 9 to 22. Meanwhile up from 22 to 11 go Linur Kliger/Ana Fabrikant (ISR).

A big leap for Therese Torgersson/Vendela Zachrisson (SWE) who move up from 30 to 21.

Yngling - Women's Keelboat
Three new entries into the top 10, although no change in the top 4 crews who sit safe. Melanie Dennison/Fiona Herbert/Caroline Aders (AUS) retain pole position and have done since July 2001, the most consistent of all the Yngling crews in the rankings.

Three new moves up into the top 10 come from Annelies Thies/Petronella de Jong/Annemieke Bes (NED) up from 14 to 7, Ana Llaca/Eva Rios/Helga Garces (ESP) up from 15 to 7, and Kristin Wagner/Anna Hoell/Veronika Lochbrunner (GER) up from 16 to 9, and out from the top 10 go three of the four USA crews. This is primarily because those USA crews going out did not attend Spa Regatta which was the only Yngling event to be included in this ranking release.

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