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16 August 2008, 11:59 pm
ECHAVARRI and PAZ Hold Onto First In The Tornados
Santiago Lange (rear) and Carlos Espinola of Argentina
Santiago Lange (rear) and Carlos Espinola of Argentina, third overall after two wins on Saturday

2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Qingdao, China

Spain's Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ maintain their overall lead after day two of racing in the Tornado fleet, but stars of the show were Argentineans Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA.
Athens bronze medallists Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA (ARG) won the first race of the day, race 2 of the Tornado Opening Series, after recovering form a poor start to sail through the fleet and win by nearly 2 minutes. The Argentineans were also winning race 3, 50 metres ahead of the Spaniards when the Race Committee signalled a course change which negatively impacted their race. Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) went on to win the race, with LANGE and ESPINOLA second and Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS). The Race Committee recognised their mistake and the International Jury gave redress to the Argentineans, awarding, both them and the Spanish first place in the race (read the full decision in our Protests & Communications section here).

After their two wins today, the Argentineans jump up from 13th to third overall. LANGE says the teams aim is to earn a place in Thursday's Medal Race, but admitted there is a long way to go before then. "The Qingdao venue is a very difficult place for sailing. We will try our best tomorrow, but we are happy with the results so far," he commented.

Spain's two-time World Champions ECHAVARRI and PAZ hold a four point overall lead after their win in race 3 and a sixth place finish in race 2. Following the day's second race in very light 5 knots winds, ECHAVARRI added his view on the controversy that has been surrounding the Code 0 sails, designed especially for light wind conditions that are being used by some teams. "During race 3 there was very light wind - the perfect conditions for Code 0 boats. However, the Code 0 boats didn't perform very well. Looking back at the whole scenario before the competition with the selection between Code 0 gennaker and standard spinnaker, we are glad that we made the right choice," ECHAVARRI said.

Reigning World Champions BUNDOCK and ASHBY maintained their consistent start with 4, 3 scores today putting them second overall. However, the gold medal winning team from the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Games, Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER (AUT) are still struggling are lie second to last in 14th place overall.

Overall Results - click here
ISAF (source: Olympic News Service)
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