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17 August 2008, 10:49 am
49er Medal Race Completed But Protests Pending
Jonas Warrer and Martin Ibsen (front) of Denmark
Jonas Warrer (rear) and Martin Kirketerp Ibsen (front) of Denmark take an 11-point lead into the 49er Medal Race

2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Qingdao, China

After an incredible 49er Medal Race on a stormy Fushan Bay several protests will be heard by the International Jury which could have a major impact on the results.
Provisionally the Danish 49er team of Jonas WARRER and Martin IBSEN have won gold after finishing seventh in the race. However, they have been protested by the Race Committee after breaking their mast before the race got underway, returning to the marina and then competing in the race using the Croatian boat.

If the Danes are disqualified Spain's Iker MARTINEZ and Xabier FERNANDEZ, winners of the Medal Race, will have retained the title they won in Athens fours years ago.

Germany's Jan-Peter PECKOLT and Hannes PECKOLT finished second in the Medal Race and are provisionally winners of the bronze medal.

With a big swell and stormy conditions with gusts up of 20 knots and more, the 49er Medal Race was simply incredible. The Austrians led for much of the race, with the Italians in second and the Australians third. This put the Aussies and Italians in a battle for gold and when the Austrians crashed up, the Aussies took the lead and the Italians capsized, it looked like gold would go to Nathan OUTTERIDGE and Ben AUSTIN (AUS). However they capsized close to the finish on the final run, the Spanish kept their boat upright and crossed the line in first.

View details of the Protests as and when they happen in our Protests & Communications section here.

Overall Results - click here

ISAF (source: Olympic News Service)
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