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10 September 2005, 05:28 pm
China Dominates Top Ten
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Europe World Championships 2005
Rizhao, China

An outstanding performance by the host nation saw Chinese sailors claim both the Gold and Silver, complemented by a total of eight sailors finishing in the overall top ten.
The Championship was hosted in Rizhao, China, which is located at the southern end of Shandong Peninsula along the coast of the Yellow Sea, facing Korea and Japan across the sea in the east.

With 12 races scheduled, racing got underway last Sunday , 4 September, concluding yesterday after 11 races. Attracting 28 sailors from 8 nations, racing was tight throughout.

Shen XIAOYING (CHN) got off to a flying start, placing a 2,1 in the opening day, with her main advesary Lu LIANHUA (CHN) snapping at her heels throughout. The performance of XIAOYING was to be expected as she represented China at the 2004 Olympic Games finishing 7, with 6 top 10 bullets. Throughout the World Championship series a close battle saw these two fighting for the gold slot on the podium, to finish only a point apart.

Another Olympian joining XIAOYING in China were Maria Tania CALLES (MEX) who finished twelth in Athens. Whilst CALLES has switched to the Laser Radial and currently sits at 14 on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. CALLES's form was excellent, and her podium position would have been much higher, but lack of consistency was her downfall with two double-digit finishes.

Pos Helm Nation R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Pts
1 Shen XIAOYING CHN 2 1 1 -6 5 5 5 3 1 1 (DNF) 24
2 Lu LIANHUA CHN 1 3 7 1 -8 8 2 2 2 5 (DNF) 25
3 Tanja Elias CALLES MEX 5 5 8 2 -14 3 3 1 -15 2 3 32
4 Xu LIJIA CHN 4 2 3 -8 -8 2 8 6 3 3 5 36
5 Shen HUANQI CHN 7 4 9 4 1 4 -13 7 5 -11 1 42
6 Lu CHUNFENG CHN 3 -13 4 3 3 -12 9 11 4 7 4 48
7 Bogatec ARIANNA ITA -15 7 2 5 4 6 11 4 -12 6 10 55
8 Su ZHEN CHN 9 6 5 7 -12 -13 1 8 8 4 8 56
9 Zhou JUYING CHN 8 -16 10 9 9 -15 4 5 10 9 6 70
10 Fan HUIYU CHN -26 12 12 10 6 -24 6 10 18 14 16 104
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