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4 September 2005, 09:13 am
The Gap Closes
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IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship 2005
Sønderborg, Denmark

Eight races have now been completed by both fleets in Denmark and there is still no change at the top of either leaderboard. SEGUIN had another almost flawless day in the single-person keelboat whilst STORDAHL, WANG-HANSEN and KRISTIANSEN had their worst day of the championship in the three-person keelboat but hang on to the top spot going into the final day.
Damien SEGUIN (FRA), 2004 Paralympic gold medallist, continues to dominate the single-person keelboat fleet in the 2.4mR, posting his sixth bullet of the championship in race seven and coming in second in race eight - his worst position so far! SEGUIN leads by eleven points from second placed Heiko KRÖGER (GER), the 2000 Parlaympic gold medallist who surprised everyone in Athens by not winning a medal. KRÖGER hangs on to second overall despite having his worst day of the championship finishing seventh and fifth which allows Paralympic bronze medallist Thierry SCHMITTER (NED) to narrow the gap between them to just three points.

Helena LUCAS (GBR) who had an excellent start in Denmark, like KRÖGER, had her worst day yesterday with a ninth and a 13 - the first time she has finished outside the top ten. LUCAS is in fourth overall ahead of another Brit Megan PASCOE and the USA's Nick SANDONE who had a phenomenal day yesterday to take second in race seven and the bullet in race eight, a dramatic improvement on his results previously of which only two were in the top ten.

It's been close at the top of the three-person keelboat fleet throughout this championship but the competitors are now poised for a thrilling final day. Leaders since day one Jostein STORDAHL, Aleksander WANG-HANSEN and Per Eugen KRISTIANSEN (NOR) slipped up yesterday and marred their scorecard crammed with first, seconds and thirds by finishing tenth in race seven and fourth in race eight. Their lead over John ROBERTSON, Hannah STODEL and Stephen THOMAS (GBR) is therefore down to just one point as the trio continued their consistent performance.

Six points behind the British team are Jens KROKER, Holger SCHÖNENBERG and Tobias SCHUETZ (GER) who took their second bullet of the championship yesterday in race eight. Four points behind them in fourth are the 2004 Paralympic gold medallists Dror COHEN, Efrati ARNON and Benny VEXLER (ISR) who have not performed to their usual exceptional standard. A medal is still within their grasp and their will be racing hard to get on that podium later today.

Only one race is scheduled for Sunday so it's going to be a nail-biting conclusion to this closely fought championship.

2.4 Metre Top Ten After Eight Races

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 FRA Damien SEGUIN 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 8
2 GER Heiko KRÖGER 2 2 2 4 2 2 7 5 19
3 NED Thierry SCHMITTER 3 4 4 1 7 3 3 4 22
4 GBR Helena LUCAS 4 3 3 3 3 9 9 13 34
5 GBR Megan PASCOE 11 13 5 9 6 4 5 6 46
6 USA Nick SCANDONE 12 8 8 16 11 11 2 1 53
7 CAN Paul TINGLEY 24 7 7 8 5 7 15 9 58
8 NED Ruud VAN HOLSTEIJN 15 10 10 5 9 6 8 12 60
8 DEN Jens ALS ANDERSEN 7 6 9 DNF 12 8 10 8 60
10 NOR Bjørnar ERIKSTAD 5 5 DNC DNF 4 10 4 3 66
10 GBR Allan SMITH 8 11 17 6 8 5 11 21 66

Sonar Top Ten After Eight Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 NOR Jostein STORDAHL Aleksander WANG-HANSEN Per Eugen KRISTIANSEN 3 1 2 1 3 1 10 4 15
2 GBR John ROBERTSON Hannah STODEL Stephen THOMAS 2 3 1 2 4 2 2 7 16
3 GER Jens KROKER Holger SCHÖNENBERG Tobias SCHUETZ 5 9 3 4 1 3 5 1 22
4 ISR Dror COHEN Efrati ARNON Benny VEXLER 1 2 8 3 2 DNF 4 6 26
5 ISR Tzur AVI Pertzman BARUCH Dahan SHIOMO 4 5 10 6 10 DNF 1 3 39
6 IRL John C. TWOMEY Brian O'MAHONY Anthony HEGARTY 11 6 4 9 6 DNC 3 2 41
6 GER Olaf JAKOBS Hans-Peter REICHL Peter MÜNTER 6 4 6 5 7 4 9 10 41
8 CAN Ken KELLY Brian MACKIE Don TERLSON 10 7 5 8 8 6 6 11 50
9 IRL Paul MCCARTHY Paul RYAN Chris TOMAS 7 10 9 DSQ 5 5 8 8 52
10 ESP Enrique VIVES Jose Maria LASTRA Francisco PEREZ 8 8 7 7 DNF DNC 7 9 62
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