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31 July 2002, 10:37 am
Last Day of Qualifying
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470 European Championship

The last day of qualifying races got underway yesterday in Tallinn, Estonia at the 470 European championships in bright and sunny conditions with 7 to 12 knots of breeze.
Two races were sailed and it was the Australian pairing of Nathan Wilmot/Malcolm Page who sailed a perfect day scoring two first places, to move them up into first place overall, although racing is close as Gideon Kliger/Udi Gal of Israel are tied on even points in second place. Dmitry Berezkin/Mikhail Kroutikov of Russia are in third place overall and first Europeans.

In the women's fleet Vladeline Ilienko/Diana Krutskih of Russia have extended their lead on the 37-boat fleet. Scoring a third and a fifth place today gives them a 21-point lead over Janja Orel/Alena Orel of Slovenia. ISAF World Ranked number one sailors Sofia Bekatorou/Emilia Tsoulfa of Greece have pulled up to third position overall, scoring a two and a one yesterday, to recover from a relatively poor start to the event.

The men's fleet will carry over their race scores from the qualifying to the final phase and will now sail as Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets with eight races scheduled over four days. Racing concludes on Saturday 3 August, with the top placed European sailors in the gold fleet being crowned as the European champions.


Men overall
1, Nathan Wilmot/Malcolm Page, AUS (1,(BFD),4,8,1,1) 15 pts
2, Gideon Kliger/Udi Gal, ISR ((11),3,2,1,6,3) 15 pts
3, Dmitry Berezkin/Mikhail Kroutikov, RUS ((22),2,3,6,2,3) 16

1, Vladeline Ilienko/Diana Krutskih, RUS (1,(8),1,6,3,5) 16 pt
2, Janja Orel/Alena Orel, SLO (3,2,3,7,(34),22) 37 pts
3, Sofia Bekatorou/Emilia Tsoulfa, GRE (4,(23),16,19,2,1) 42

Sacha Oswald/News Editor
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