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23 June 2002, 10:23 am
Spain Captures 49er World Championship Title
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2002 49er World Championship
Hawai

Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez of Spain held onto their two-day lead to capture the 2002 49er World Championship regatta, which has concluded in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
They finished the 10-race Final Series with a total score of 32, after two discards, and earned a berth for their country in the 2004 Olympics.

This pairing are popular winners, having dominated most of the seasons events in Europe, and they currently lie 3rd in the ISAF World Rankings.

The final day was sailed in fantastic conditions with 16/18 knots and 3 very close races.

Also earning a berth was Great Britain, which took second and third places with the teams of Chris Draper/ Simon Hiscocks and Paul Brotherton/Mark Asquith finishing with scores of 40 and 45 points, respectively.

Also qualifying their countries for the 2004 Olympics were ISAF top world ranked Rodion Luka and George Leonchuk (Ukraine); Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello (Italy); Michael Hestbaek and Rasmus Van Hansen (Denmark); and Pieter Lantermans and Pim Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands).

Morgan Larson and Ed Smyth were the first U.S. team to finish, completing the series in 10th place and missing Olympic qualification by one place. The 2001 49er World Champions, Jonathan and Charlie McKee (USA), finished in 14th place.

There are still two more qualifier events prior to the 2004 Games: the 2003 and 2004 World Championship.

Gold Fleet Final Series results:
Top 10 Finishers - Total points after 10 races with 2 discards
1. Iker MARTINEZ/Xabi FERNANDEZ (ESP) 32 pts
2. Chris DRAPER/Simon HISCOCKS (GBR) 40 pts
3. Paul BROTHERTON/Mark ASQUITH (GBR) 45 pts
4. Santi LOPEZ-VAZQUEZ/Javier DE LA PLAZA (ESP) 52 pts
5. Rodion LUKA/George LEONCHUK (UKR) 58 pts
6. Pietro SIBELLO/Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) 62 pts
7. Alistair RICHARSON/Pete GREENHALGH (GBR) 63 pts
8. Michael HESTBAEK/Rasmus VAN HANSEN (DEN) 69 pts
9. Pieter LANTERMANS/Pim NIEUWENHUIS (NED) 70 pts
10. Morgan LARSON/Ed SMYTH (USA) 73 pts



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