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8 July 2002, 08:41 am
Marie Bjorling Claims Victory
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Swedish Match Race Cup - Womens' Event

From the cliffs of Marstrand, in beaming sunshine, some 10,000 people witnessed Marie Björling sailing on her home turf to beat the reigning champion since 1999 - Dorte O. Jensen from Denmark - in the final of the Swedish Match Cup Women's Class.
With three wins over Dorte's single one, it was not even a close call. Marie sailed in a very convincing manner not only in the final flights, but during the entire day. "It felt really good out there on the course today. All the manoeuvres went perfectly, we were really alert and made few mistakes. It feels just great to be the first Swede to win in Marstrand," Marie enthused, spattered with the champagne splashed over her by her crew.

In the morning it became clear that Marie was on a winning streak, when she beat Malin Millbourn of Stockholm's KSSS by two straight wins in the semi-finals. Dorte O. Jensen did the same thing to her chosen semi-final opponent, American Betsy Alison, whom she chose to race against after having won the Round Robin.

Marie, who is ranked as the world's number one match racer on the ISAF Womens' World Match Race Rankings, then started the final in a formidable way with two convincing wins before Dorte was able to strike back. Dorte then made a false start in the fourth flight and Marie was able to get a lead that she maintained and increased all the way to the finish line. Accompanied by cheers and applause from the cliffs Marie crossed the finish line almost half a minute before Dorte. "We have been training and racing a lot this year, raising our 'lowest level' significantly! Then the wins are sure to follow, and of course I am delighted this happened here in Marstrand," Björling commented.
Joakim Hermansson/ISAF Secretariat
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