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11 September 2008, 02:50 pm
France Win Race Six To Extend Sonar Lead
The Australian team of Colin HARRISON, Russel BOADEN, and Graeme MARTIN
The Australian team of Colin HARRISON, Russel BOADEN, and Graeme MARTIN hold on to second place overall

2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
Qingdao, China

France's Bruno JOURDREN, Jerve LARHANT and Nicolas VIMONT VICARY extended their overall lead in the Sonar event at the Paralympic Sailing Competition with victory in today's sole race.
Victory for the French in race six extends their overall lead to six points. Australia's Colin HARRISON, Russel BOADEN and Graeme MARTIN remain their closet challengers, with the German team of Jens KROKER, Robert PREM and Siegmund MAINKA (GER) holding on to third place overall despite a poor race today.

The Sonar fleet only completed one of their three scheduled races today, with light winds on Fushan Bay which dropped below 5 knots on the final run to the finish. That did nothing to halt the French trio however, with Bruno JOURDREN, Jerve LARHANT and Nicolas VIMONT VICARY leading from start to finish to record their third win in six races. The Greek team of Vasilis CHRISTOFOROU, Theodoris ALEXAS and Nikolaos PATERAKIS finished second, whilst the Australians were a distant third.

In the overall standings, JOURDREN, LARHANT and VIMONT VICARY have nine points after six races, with HARRISON, BOADEN and MARTIN in second on 15. KROKER, PREM and MAINKA finished 11th in today's race but were able to discard that score to remain third overall on 19 points. The second place finish today for the Greeks brings them right up into medal contention in fourth overall on 21 points, just a point ahead of Jostein STORDAHL, Per Eugen KRISTIANSEN and Aleksxander WANG-HANSEN (NOR). Dror CHOHEN, Arnon EFRATI and Benny VEXLER (ISR), the Athens Paralympic gold medallists, drop back to sixth overall after being disqualified from race 4 yesterday following a protest.

Three races are scheduled for the Sonar fleet tomorrow, starting at 12:00 local time.

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