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Europe World Championship 2005
Rizhao, China

After eight races at the Europe World Championship in Rizhao, China, the top of the women's leaderboard is a story of Chinese domination with LU Lianhua (CHN) leading the way. In the men's fleet however the European sailors are on top with Spain's Jesus ROGEL SANCHEZ opening up a sizeable gap at the front.
The event began in Rizhao on Saturday, with races everyday, except for the rest day tomorrow, through to the last of twelve scheduled races on Friday. In the 28 strong women's fleet featuring 18 sailors from China, the experienced LU began her campaign strongly with a bullet in the opening race. Two second places in the last two races have consolidated her position at the top and given her a four point lead over SHEN Xiaoying, China's representative in the Europe at the Athens Olympic Sailing Competition last year.

Mexico's Tanja ELIAS CALLES is five points behind SHEN in third, with 2005 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship silver medallist XU Lijia (CHN) fourth and SHEN Huanqi (CHN) rounding out the top five.

Amongst the 19 competitors in the men's fleet ROGEL SANCHEZ leads, 13 points ahead of his nearest challenger Thorbjorn SCHIERUP (DEN). A bullet in race eight lifted SCHIERUP above China's JIANG Linhua, although the pair are still tied on points. In a close battle for the silver and bronze medal positions Sven STADEL (GER) is just a point further back as is Piseddu RICCARDO (ITA).

Top Ten Women After Eight Races

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 CHN LU Lianhua 1 3 7 1 2 (8) 2 2 18
2 CHN SHEN Xiaoying 2 1 1 (6) 5 5 5 3 22
3 MEX Tanja ELIAS-CALLES 5 5 8 2 (14) 3 3 1 27
4 CHN XU Lijia 4 2 3 (8) 8 2 8 6 33
5 CHN SHEN Huanqi 7 4 9 4 1 4 (13) 7 36
6 ITA Bogatec ARIANNA (15) 7 2 5 4 6 11 4 39
7 CHN LU Chunfeng 3 (13) 4 3 3 12 9 11 45
8 CHN SU Zhen 9 6 5 7 12 (13) 1 8 48
9 CHN ZHOU Juying 8 (16) 10 9 9 15 4 5 60
10 CHN ZHU Jiangyan 6 10 6 14 (20) 16 7 16 75

Top Ten Men After Eight Races

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 ESP Jesus ROGEL SANCHEZ 4 1 2 1 2 (14) 7 4 21
2 DEN Thorbjorn SCHIERUP 3 7 7 2 (9) 8 6 1 34
3 CHN JIANG Linhua 2 2 3 9 4 (13) 11 3 34
4 GER Sven STADEL 8 3 5 8 6 (7) 4 2 35
5 ITA Piseddu RICCARDO 5 6 4 6 (11) 4 5 5 35
6 ITA Pelosini TOMMASO 1 (13) 1 3 5 12 10 15 45
7 DEN Carsten HELTBORG (12) 8 9 5 10 5 1 7 45
8 ITA Durante ACESSANDRO 10 5 6 7 1 (17) 8 11 48
9 DEN Kim Braad CARLSEN 7 4 11 (12) 7 9 3 8 49
10 DEN Jakob Ege FRIIS 9 9 8 4 (16) 15 2 6 53
ISAF. Image, China's XU Lijia, pictured here on her way to silver at the ISAF Youth Worlds, currently lies fourth in Rizhao:© Peter Bentley
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