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28 September 2005, 09:44 am
SCHEIDT Within Touching Distance Of Eighth World Title
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Laser World Championship 2005
Fortaleza, Brazil

With winds dropping from 22 to 18 knots at the ISAF Grade W Laser World Championship in Fortaleza, Brazil, runaway leader Robert SCHEIDT (BRA) faced a tough first race yesterday, but managed to recover to score a third place. Order was quickly restored by the Olympic Champion as he took his eighth win of the Championship and he now only needs a finish of 23rd or better in one of today's two races to secure the World title.

'Today's [yesterday's] regattas were a very important step,' explained SCHEIDT, who has completely dominated the regatta so far. 'The first one was incredibly hard, at one moment I was in sixth, but I recovered and finished in third. The final moments were quite exciting, when me and a Canadian guy, who finished in second, were very close. My strategy for tomorrow [today] is not to risk much. I got really well adapted to Fortaleza's ray and didn't expect to win so many regattas. Now I have to keep alert, because any Championship only ends when you cross the finishing line. There still is at least one regatta to go.'

Second place overall is still held by Argentina's Diego ROMERO on 37 points, 25 behind SCHEIDT. Behind the top two, Jeremie STEYART (FRA) regained third place, with Olympic bronze medallist Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO) slipping down to fourth, although the pair are tied on 51 points in what looks to be a bronze medal battle that will go down to the wire. Andrew MURDOCH (NZL), Mate ARAPOV (CRO) and Brendan CASEY (AUS) will also all feel they are still in with a shot at the medals on 60, 62 and 64 points respectively.

The highest of the Brazilian sailors behind SCHEIDT, André STREPPEL in 13th overall on 115 points, had a tough day, eventually falling two positions. 'Until today [yesterday] the wind was blowing to the right,' he commented, 'but today [yesterday] it went to the left, so it surprised a lot of us. Fortunately in the first regatta I was able to pass around 20 boats and could recover positions. I'm glad with my results and I think it is still quite possible to be among top ten, but in order to accomplish that I will have to do very well in both regattas tomorrow [today], without mistakes.'

The final two races of the Championship take place today, which will decide the final placings of the 136 sailors from 37 nations.

For a complete list of all the news from the Laser World Championship CLICK HERE.
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Robertt SCHEIDT looks almost certain to wrap up his eighth Laser World title today:© Bia Saboia
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