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1 October 2002, 05:19 pm
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World Sailing Rankings - The Official Rankings for the Olympic Classes

The latest ISAF World Sailing Rankings for Olympic Classes have just been released, with the last regatta included being the Tornado World Championship and Olympic Qualification Regatta, recently concluded in Martha ’s Vineyard, New England.

In the Mistral Classes for both men and Women, there is little movement into or out of the top 20. In the Women's fleet, Lai Shan Lee (HKG) remains firmly entrenched at the top, nearly 800 points ahead of second placed Anna Graczyk (POL), herself having moved up from third. Fellow Polish teammate Katarzyan Prygiel moves back into twentieth position after a month out of the top 20. No one leaves or joins the top 20 in the Men's fleet, although, Przemek Miarczynski (POL) loses his top spot to Nicolas Huguet (FRA) moving up from fourth place into a position at the top of the pile he has not occupied since February.


In the Europe, Sarah Blank (AUS) continues her meteoric rise up the rankings. Since winning the Europe World Championship last month she has made her first appearance in the top 20, in eighteenth position. Sari Multala (FIN) continues her domination of the fleet in first place in the ISAF rankings.


Paul Goodison (GBR) replaces Kalle Suneson (SWE) in first place in the ISAF Rankings for the Laser class, and again, there is no movement into or out of the top twenty. Robert Scheidt (BRA) despite winning his record sixth world championship title recently, drops from second to third. The biggest movement within the top twenty is from the Australian Brendan Casey, moving up from fifteenth to sixth after his fifth place at the World Championship.


The 470 - Men's Double Handed Dinghy, have also just had their own World Championship which are included in these rankings. Nathan Wilmot and Malcom Page replace Eugeniy Braslavets and Igor Mativiyenko (UKR) at the top. This is the first time they have occupied the premium place and do so on the back of a fifth place at the Worlds. Gabrio Zandon and Andrea Trani (ITA) move a fantastic eleven places up to tenth place. The Women's ranking shows recent World Champions Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE) replacing the Australian pair of Jenny Armstrong and Belinda Stowell at the top.


A little shuffling in the top 20 of the 49er rankings shows Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez (ESP) for the first time in the top spot, after a steady climb upwards. There are no new entrants into the top 20.


Emilios Papathanasiou (GRE) retains top spot in the Finn class, but things are getting tighter at the top as we move into the latter part of the year, with less than 100 points separating the top three. The biggest mover from twenty-first to fifteenth is Rafael Trujillo Villar (ESP). Recent World Champion Ben Ainslie (GBR) moves up from twentieth to fourteenth after his victory at the Test Event in Athens.


After winning the 2002 World Championship, Darren Bundock and John Forbes (AUS) have retaken pole position in the rankings, by only four points from Roman Hagra and Hans Steinacher (AUT). Two crews drop out of the top twenty to be replaced by an eight-place upwards mover in the Russian pairing of Andrey Kirilyuk and Valery Ushkow. Diogo Cayolla and Nuno Baretto (POR) also join the top twenty.


Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljedahl (USA) are holding on at the top from the new World Champions Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell (GBR), who have had a busy season in the Star Class this year. Percy and Mitchell move up from fifth to second, continuing their climb from their position of 156 at the beginning of the year.


The Women's Yngling shows no change from the rankings released on 29 August 2002.

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