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2 September 2005, 10:19 am
SEGUIN Keeps The Pressure On
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IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship 2005
Sønderborg, Denmark

Damien SEGUIN (FRA) continued his dominance in the in the single-person keelboat at the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship in Sønderborg, Denmark yesterday with two more bullets and a second place giving him a perfect five points after six races. In the three-person keelboat, two bullets for Jostein STORDAHL, Aleksander WANG-HANSEN and Per EUGEN KRISTIANSEN (NOR) gives them a narrow two point lead at the top.
Despite Paralympic gold medallist SEGUIN's near monopoly on victories he still only holds a five points lead at the top on the single-person keelboat leaderboard contested in the 2.4 Metre. Kieler Woche winner Heiko KRÖGER (GER), who finished fourth at the Paralympics in Athens, is keeping SEGUIN in check and scored another two second places yesterday to lie second on ten points. Meanwhile Paralympic bronze medallist, Thierry SCHMITTER (NED) got the better of Helena LUCAS (GBR) in their battle for third, with a bullet in the day's first race helping the Dutch sailor to climb above the Britain with the two on 15 and 16 points respectively. Canada's Paul TINGLEY has recovered well from finishing 24th in the opening race and finishes of 8,5,7 yesterday put him fifth overall.

In the three-person keelboat Sonar fleet, STORDAHL, WANG-HANSEN and EUGEN KRISTIANSEN edged ahead of John ROBERTSON, Hannah STODEL and Stephen THOMAS (GBR) thanks to bullets in races four and six. However, with their British rivals following them in in second in both of these races, things are still tight at the top with just two points separating the leaders.

Paralympic gold medallists Dror COHEN, Efrati ARNON and Benny VEXLER (ISR) scored a third a second and a discarded DNF yesterday and stay third, although they now lie eight points from the top spot. The German teams of Jens KROKER, Holger SCHONENBERG and Tobias SCHUETZ and Olaf JAKOBS, Hans-Peter REICHL and Peter MUNTER traded places and now lie fourth and fifth respectively.

A reserve day is scheduled for today with the final two races set the decide the outcome of the 2005 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship tomorrow.

Sonar Top Ten After Six Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 NOR Jostein STORDAHL Aleksander WANG-HANSEN Per EUGEN KRISTIANSEN 3 1 2 1 (3) 1 8
2 GBR John ROBERTSON Hannah STODEL Stephen THOMAS 2 3 1 2 (4) 2 10
3 ISR Dror COHEN Efrati ARNON Benny VEXLER 1 2 8 3 2 (DNF) 16
4 GER Jens KROKER Holger SCHONENBERG Tobias SCHUETZ 5 (9) 3 4 1 3 16
5 GER Olaf JAKOBS Hans-Peter REICHL Peter MUNTER 6 4 6 5 (7) 4 25
6 CAN Ken KELLY Brian MACKIE Don TERLSON (10) 7 5 8 8 6 34
7 ISR Tzur AVI Peretzman BARUCH Dahan SHIOMO 4 5 10 6 10 (DNF) 35
8 IRL John C TWOMEY Brian O'MAHONY Anthony HEGARTY 11 6 4 9 6 (DNC) 36
9 IRL Paul MCCARTHY Paul RYAN Chris THOMAS 7 10 9 (DSQ) 5 5 36
10 ESP Enrique VIVES Jose Maria LASTRA Francisco PEREZ 8 8 7 7 DNF (DNC) 46

2.4 Metre Top Ten After Six Races

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 FRA Damien SEGUIN 1 1 1 (2) 1 1 5
2 GER Heiko KRÖGER 2 2 2 (4) 2 2 10
3 NED Thierry SCHMITTER 3 4 4 1 (7) 3 15
4 GBR Helena LUCAS 4 3 3 3 3 (9) 16
5 CAN Paul TINGLEY (24) 7 7 8 5 7 34
6 GBR Megan PASCOE 11 (13) 5 9 6 4 35
7 GBR Allan SMITH 8 11 (17) 6 8 5 38
8 NED Ruud VAN HOLSTEIJN (15) 10 10 5 9 6 40
9 DEN Jens ALS ANDERSON 7 6 9 (DNF) 12 8 42
10 GBR Michael COGSWELL 6 9 6 10 (14) 13 44
ISAF. Image, Thierry SCHMITTER moved up to third place after his performance in the 2.4 Metre yesterday:© photoworld.click.dk
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