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17 August 2008, 01:03 am
ALEH Takes Laser Radial Lead From TUNNICLIFFE
Jo Aleh of New Zealand
Jo Aleh of New Zealand has moved up to first overall in the Laser Radial fleet

2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Qingdao, China

New Zealand's Jo ALEH has stolen the overall lead of the Laser Radial fleet from world #1 Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA) after a second place finish in Saturday's sole race.
Jo ALEH's scorecard is impressive - a fourth and a trio of second places remaining after dropping her worst score, a 22nd place.

ALEH is a well known specialist in light wind conditions, a reputation she lived up in Saturday's race as she gain places on the final run as the wind dropped from 9 to 5 knots.

"I stayed in front almost the entire race. The tide was very strong on the last downwind and if it was not for the huge shift that came from the left, I would not have finished well," ALEH revealed.

Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE (LTU) won Friday's race 4 and did so again in race 5, taking her to second place, three points behind ALEH.

"I benefited on the second downwind leg again, like I did yesterday [Friday]," VOLUNGEVICIUTE said. "The others tacked a lot, I stayed patient again, which is why I might be in second place."

Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA), who is now third overall and 10 points off the lead, did not seem too rattled with her lead loss. "I sailed conservatively because I didn't want to take any risks. I will follow my plan and we will see what happens. We're only half way through," she said.

Although the world #1 skipper has dropped to third place overall her strategy appears to be working and she still looks to be a strong position with no score worse than sixth so far. These means the American can afford one bad race, a luxury that amongst the leaders is only share by VOLUNGEVICIUTE.

Lijia XU's (CHN) fifth place puts her in fourth overall, just four points behind TUNNICLIFFE. After a slow start, XU, World Champion in 2006 and runner up this year, is quietly making her way to the top of the leaderboard.

Overall Results - click here

ISAF (source: Olympic News Service)
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