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17 August 2008, 11:02 pm
Lead Changes Again As Laser Radial Fleet Battles Heavy Winds
Sarah Steyaert of France
Sarah Steyaert of France won Sunday's race

2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Qingdao, China

Lithuania's Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE powered to the front of the Laser Radial leaderboard on Sunday in breezes up to 25 knots, proving she is not just a light-air sensation.
The 25 year old Lithuanian finished fourth in Sunday's race, after winning two races in light conditions over the past two days, giving her a six-point lead over her nearest rival.

Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE found Sunday's racing difficult. "I couldn't see a thing; the visibility was terrible. Sunday's fourth place was a little bit of a confidence booster for me."

VOLUNGEVICIUTE said she lost weight for light conditions in Qingdao, so felt weak in the stronger winds and swells. In a competition that changes daily, Jo ALEH (NZL) moved from first overall into third after finishing 14th, and world #1 Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA) moved from third to second overall after finishing third on Sunday. The American remains remarkably consistent and still holds a low exclude score which could prove crucial

ALEH said because of the heavy wind the fleet was spread over the course. "The heavy rain made it hard to see and it influenced my results," she said.

China's Lijia XU scored a second place in Sunday's race to ensure she held on to fourth overall. The top four are all closely bunched, with just nine points covering them.

XU, the world #2, said the wind was good for the competition. "I would have done better if the rain was a little less. I'm going to rest now and prepare [for Monday]. I'm happy my ranking has improved."

Reigning World Champion Sarah STEYAERT won Sunday's race, moving her to fifth overall.

Overall Results - click here

ISAF (source: Olympic News Service)
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