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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 29 August 2002.
Men's Sailboard - Mistral
The top three remain the same in the Men's Sailboard rankings with Przemek Miarczynski (POL) at number 1, Nick Dempsey (GBR) number 2 and Maxim Oberemko at number 3. There is only slight movement behind them with few dramatic changes. Fabrice Hassen (FRA) slides out of the top 10 from 8 to 12 and into the top 20 at 19 comes Stephance Jaouen (FRA). Replacing Jaouen at number 23 comes Tom Ashley (NZL), one of the rising stars in the men's sailboard event. Ashley finished 1st at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in 2002 and posted a 10th at the Athens 2002 Test Event to climb 17 places up the rankings from number 40. Back on the up is Oka Sulaksana who leaps a massive 42 places from 140 up to 98 after finishing just behind Ashley in 11th at the Test Event in his first graded event since the Olympic Regatta in Sydney 2000.

Women's Sailboard - Mistral
No new entries in the Women's Sailboard Rankings and as in the men's list, the top 3 places remain the same as they have since 3 July 2002. Lee Lai Shan (HKG) has been World number 1 since October 2001 and behind her are Sigrid Rodelee (BEL) at number 2 and Anna Graczyk (POL) at number 3. Poland's Agata Brygoza makes an impressive leap in the women's sailboard ranking and 1st place at Gydnia Sailing Days has helped her climb 8 places to sit at number 5. Another impressive climber is Wai Kei Chan (HKG) who shoots up 10 places to number 12 after finishing 11th at the Athens Test Event. The biggest leap comes from Anja Kaser whose 8th at the Athens Test Event boosts her 14 places up to number 39.

Women's Single-Handed Dinghy - Europe
With the Europe World Championships currently underway there is no change in the top 36 of the Women's Single-Handed Dinghy rankings. Up to 37 is Virginia Kravarioti (GRE) who continues her steady climb up the rankings by climbing 5 from 42. Behind her Ermioni Oikoromopoulou (GRE) climbs 16 points to sit at number 50. Other changes are mainly minor shifts of one or two places except that of Birgit Beyer (GER) who jumps a massive 38 places from 155 up to 117 and Mariya Dolynska (UKR) who climbs 50 places to number 134. The highest climber is Tanja Kuehnle (GER) who shoots up 65 places form 251 to 186. The highest new entry is Ana Stepanova (RUS), in at 198.

Open Single-Handed Dinghy - Laser
All change at the top of the Laser Rankings as the top 3 swap places again. Paul Goodison (GBR) has lost the top spot to Kalle Suneson (SWE) who goes up 1 place. Also up one place goes Robert Scheidt (BRA) to push Goodison down to number 3. Other movers into the top 10 are Gareth Blanckenberg (RSA) up 6 places to number 5 and Daniel Birgmark (SWE) up 4 places to number 8. Clinging on to the top 20 is Peer Mober (NOR) whose slides down 5 from 13 to 18. Steadily climbing the rankings is Antonis Marolakis (GRE) who enters the top 50 after going up 21 places from 70 to 49. Going down 21 places is Piotr Wojewski (POL) crashing down from 55 to 76. With only 242 points separating the top 5, the Laser World Championships could see some dramatic changes in the next rankings release.

Men's Double-Handed Dinghy - 470
The men's double-handed dinghy rankings have seen slight movements following the European Championships and the Athens 2002 Test Event. Eugeniy Braslavets and Igor Matviyenko have held on to the top spot and remain nearly 300 points above Andreas Kosmatopoulos and Kostas Trigonis (GRE) whose consistency has helped them snatch the number 2 spot from Gustavo Martinez and Tunte Cantero (ESP) who have slipped 4 places to number 6. On the up is Javier Conte and Juan de la Feunte (ARG) who have climbed into the top 10, up 5 places from 13 to 8. Into the top 20 comes Philippe Gildas and Nicolas le Berre (FRA) whose climb of 5 places to number 20 has squeezed out Marc Patino Jordi and Comas Alfondo (ESP) who slip from 17 down to 22. The highest new entry is Irelands Ross Killian and Gerald Owens who debut at 124 after finishing in 15th place at the 470 Europeans. A high climber this month is Mikhail Sheremetiev and Roman Gorev (RUS) whose 39th at the Europeans is enough to fire them 38 places up the rankings from 135 to 97.

Women's Double-Handed Dinghy - 470
No change at the top as Jenny Armstrong and Belinda Stowell stay at number 1. Behind them it's up to number 2 for Sophia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE) whose wins at the Athens Test Event and the 470 Europeans has them in good form prior to the 470 World Championships next week. Below them, there are no dramatic casualties. Nicola Birkner and Alexandra Goltz (GER) slide down 5 from 11 to 16 and Josie Gibson and Saskia Clark drop from 15 to 20. The biggest success goes to Marion Kooistra and petra de Goederen (NED) who climb 8 places from number 30 up to 22.

Open High Performance Dinghy - 49er
No change for the top 6 of the Open High Performance Dinghy rankings and up to into number 7 from 9 go bronze medallists at the Athens Test Event Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks (GBR). A notable climber is Thomas Johanson and Jukka Phrainen (FIN) who go up 14 places from 52 to 38.

Men's Single-Handed Dinghy - Finn
No change in the top 10 of the Men's Single-Handed Dinghy rankings. Up 7 into number 11 goes Clifton Webb (NZL) and there's no other real movement in the top 40 except Ben Ainslie rising to 20 as he continues his seemingly unstoppable charge at the rankings with another 1st at the Athens Test Event to add to his list. There are new entries.

Open Multihull - Tornado
The top five of the Open Multihull rankings have remained the same with only minor movements through most of the ranking list. The highest new entry is Piotr Ciechocki and Roman Glowka (POL), in at number 123. The biggest casualty is Gunnar Larsen and Mischa Heemskirk (NED) who slip 40 places from 71 down to 111. High climbers are William Sunnucks and Mark Self (GBR) who rise 29 places to number 83.

Women's Keelboat - Yngling
There is not much change in the Women's Keelboat rankings with Monica Azon and Melanie Dennison holding on to their positions at 1 and 2 respectively. On the up is Paula Lewin (BER) who has climbed 5 places up to number 15. Anne Le Helley (FRA) has also moved up 5 to number 19.

Two-Person Keelboat - Star
The two-person keelboat rankings have the most significant changes in this ranking release following the Star Class World Championships in California (USA). Jose Maria van de Ploeg and Diego Fructuoso (ESP) lose their place at the top after a disappointing 44th at the Worlds and Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljedahl (USA) reclaim familiar territory at the top. Newcomers to the Star and new World Champions Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell climb 12 places to number 5. Down from number 5 goes John Maccausland and Sean Delaney (USA) who now lie at number 13. Up 42 places go Colin Beashel and David Giles (AUS) from 96 to 54 but the biggest climber is Alan Adler and Ricardo Ermel (BRA) who climb a massive 165 places to sit at number 77. The highest new entry is Gregg Morton and Gary Mitchell (USA) who finished 39th at the Worlds and enter the ranking list at 142.

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