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13 August 2008, 02:36 pm
CLARK Seizes The Day With Victory In The Laser Radial
Penny Clark of Great Britain
Penny Clark of Great Britain won today's sole Laser Radial race

2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Qingdao, China

Great Britain's Penny CLARK won today's only race in the Laser Radial event in Qingdao, but American world #1 Anna TUNNICLIFFE stays top of the leaderboard with another solid performance.
Wednesday belonged to a very happy Penny CLARK (GBR), who went one better than her second place in race 1 yesterday to claim honours in today's race 3 of the Laser Radial event to be fifth overall.

"My win was completely based on my boat speed and because I found the wind. The conditions here are very tricky because you may see the pressure, but by the time you get there, it's gone," she said.

Although she did not win race 3, the only race sailed Wednesday on the Laser Radial course, Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA) managed to hold onto her series lead with a sixth.

The American, the world #1, even increased her lead by two points to seven courtesy of mixed results by the rest of the 28-boat fleet.

"I got a rough start. It was not until the second leg that I moved ahead of the fleet by finding the right position and catching the right gust," said TUNNICLIFFE.

New to second place overall is Mateja PETRONIJEVIC (CRO) after a fifth in race 3, while Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE (LTU) picks up from fourth place to third after an eighth place finish today.

PETRONIJEVIC, the first female sailor to represent Croatia at the Games, was thrilled with her performance: "Today was definitely a surprise for me. Getting second place feels so good. I had a great start and good luck today. The American is hard to beat because she is so self confident."

Sarah BLANCK (AUS) moved up from fifth to fourth, but was not overly happy. "It was another day like yesterday - I'm disappointed. The pressure was up and down, up and down, out there. Places kept changing. It wasn't an easy day," BLANCK said.

Only one race was completed due to shifting and patchy breezes.

Overall Results - click here

ISAF (source: Olympic News Service)
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