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6 August 2003, 06:55 pm
The Official Rankings for Olympic Classes - Released 6 August
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Natalia via DufresneSandra Azon (ESP)

ISAF World Sailing Rankings

Changes? A few, specifically in the women's single-handed (Europe) and women's double-handed (470) events, in which we welcome new World Ranking leaders.
Windsurfer Men - Mistral One-Design

No change at the top. Maxim OBEREMKO (UKR) continues to lead the world's sailors at the top of the rankings in the Mistral Class. However, this is not too surprising as only three sets of results are included - ISAF Grade 3 Warnemunder Week, Grade 2 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship and the ISAF Grade 3 Travemunder Week.

Having claimed top slot at the rankings of 2 July, the first time he has been at the top in over a year, Maxim is clearly intent on holding on tight. However, Maxim's pride looks as though it may be about to be dented at the ISAF Grade 2 Gdynia Sailing Days in Poland where he is currently competing. As of yesterday's results rival Piotr MYSZKA (POL), world ranked number 9, had pulled off an opening sequence of three bullets - a nice opening lead.

Despite winning Traveumunder and Warnemunder Moritz MARTIN (GER) has dropped 3 places down the rankings, from 63 to 69, as a result of the rolling results system. However, some good results for this sailor, his first two wins in any of the events making up his world ranking.

The outstanding win of Wing HO YU (HKG) at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship has seen his world ranking improve to 75 from 87. Having only entered the rankings on 5 February 2003 at 159 in the world, and with just 5 events under his belt, this young sailor is certainly heading in the right direction. With only three other sailors from Hong Kong above him - who knows what his future holds.

Elsewhere in the rankings, positions remain stable through until the mid-80's, from where there is a small amount of movement.

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Windsurfer Women's - Mistral One-Design

Reflecting the men, no change at the top in the women's fleet. Similar to OBEREMKO, Lisa VIDAL (FRA) retains her pole position for the second consecutive world ranking, having ousted teammate Faustine FERRET on the 2 July rankings.

For more than a year, Lisa has been making a consistent and steady climb up the world rankings, and with only a small points margin over the chasing 2000 Olympic Bronze Medallist, Amelie LUX (GER) she will be watching her back closely over the coming events.

Just two event results are included in this issue of the world ranking, Warnemunder Week and the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship.

Romy KINZL's win at Warnemunder, has helped her to maintain her placing as number 6 in the world.

With only two events included, the first movement in the rankings comes at number 36, where Poland's Natalia KOSINKA has moved up one place from 37.

Elsewhere in the rankings, the results of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship start to have a result. The first placed Zofia KLEPACKA (POL), who defended her Championship title for the third successive year, has moved up one place from 39 to 38. However, she has a tough fight ahead of her to represent her country at the next level, with six Polish sailors ranked above her, including three in the world's top 20.

Flavia TARTAGLINI (ITA) moves up 3,from 53 to 50, after her silver medal.

The Youth Worlds bronze medallist Blanca MANCHON (ESP) remains at number 23, and with it claims the accolade of Spain's highest ranked sailor in the women's fleet.

New into the world's top 40 goes Sheng Mei WENG (DPR) as a result of the poits and two-year event rollover. Weng is the third highest ranked sailor from China.

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Single-handed Dinghy Men - Finn

Sebastian GODEFROID (BEL) continues to dominate at the top of the Finn fleet, for the second successive ranking.

However, Sebastian is no stranger to leading the world, and has been in the top 10 for the past few years.
Six events make up this world ranking, four Grade 3 and one Grade 2 events.

The ISAF Grade 3 Warnemunder was dominated by German sailors, with the top placed Michael FELLMAN taking a bullet and so assisting his single place move up the rankings to 6 from 7.

Michael MAIER (CZE) took the bullet at Intervela in Italy, but regardless dropped down the rankings, but does hold the top position of any Czech sailor.

Both the Grade 3 Finn Canadian Championship and Grade 2 Finn North American Championship were won by Chris COOK (CAN), results which propelled him 4 places up the rankings to number 26.

The ISAF Grade 3 46th International Balaton Sailing Week was dominated by Hungarian sailors, and not surprisingly some have moved up the rankings. The winner, Balazs HAJDU (HUN) re-enters the world rankings with this result at number 176. Hajdu last entered a ranked event one year ago, hence he had effectively dropped off the rankings. However, he is no stranger to top level competition and back in June 2001 had his best career ranking as the world's number 21. Whilst it remains to be seen if this is the return of Hajdu to regular competition, he can congratulate himself that he beat all the higher ranked Hungarian Finn sailors.

Some of the highest movers include Jonas Hoegh CHRISTENSEN (DEN) up to 15 from 26.

Into the world's top 20 goes Ali Enver ADAKAN (TUR) up to 17 from 25. Ali is Turkey's top performing Finn sailor and has notched up a previous career best of number 6 in the world back in May and July 2002. He is on his way back.

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Single-handed Dinghy Women - Europe

Upset over in the single-handed dinghy women. After a long and virtually uncontested reign as the world's number one since April 2002, Sari MULTALA (FIN) has been ousted. The new world number one is Siren SUNDBY (NOR) who with glory at the ISAF Grade 1 European Championships was eventually able to lay claim to the title, but only just with a marginal points lead of 2 points over Sari. Close, very close.

Chasing hard behind is Pietra NIEMANN (GER) who moves up to become the world's number three, a career best, ousting Carolijn BROUWER (NED) in the process.

A disappointing ranking release for Linka SMIDOVA (CZE) who drops from 4 to 7. However, not so bad for her team mate Veronika FENCLOVA who stepped into the breach to place second at both the ISAF Grade 2 Warnemunder and Grade 3 Balaton Sailing week, but these results did little to improve her individual ranking.

Balaton Sailing Week was won by Mojca ZAGERNIK (SLO), who moves up to 95 from 100.

Australia's Sarah BLANCK, defending World Champion, re-enters the world's top 10, up from unlucky 13, as a result of her sixth place at the Europeans. Sarah continues to make her mark in the Europe fleet, with the most recent three rankings rating as her career best.

The movement in the rankings is fairly considerable, and you could say quite surprising, considering only four events are included in the ranking, one Grade 1, one Grade 2 and two Grade 3's.

Only two sailors retain their previous world rankings this release and both are from Poland, Monika BRONICKA who remains at 14 and Weronkia GLINCKIEWICZ, with both claiming top 25 placings at the Europeans.

From a nation perspective, the Europe fleet remains one of the most open of the Olympic Classes, with eight different nations holding the world's top 10 slots.

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Single-handed Dingy Open - Laser

Paul GOODISON (GBR) continues to lead the fleet, a position he has held since October 2002, and with a significant 252 points lead over Robert SCHEIDT (BRA) looks fairly safe at the top for the time being.

The big event to earn the valuable rankings points was the ISAF Grade 1 Laser European Championship in Split, Croatia which concluded last week. However, none of the usual suspects had their claim on this event, instead it went to Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO) who took victory. An impressive improvement on his 2002 placing of 23 overall. However, with a considerable number of events included in this ranking for the Laser fleet, this bullet was only enough to keep Zbogar safe at number 16 in the world.

Michael BLACKBURN (AUS), who has been making a significant return to the fleet, took the bronze medal and with it continues his climb back up the rankings to sit as the world's number 17. Not bad, considering this time last year he was ranked at 171 after a break from the class after his bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games. Despite wins in the past twelve months including Sail Melbourne, Laser Europa Cup, Sail Auckland and the New Zealand Nationals, Blackburn still has a little way to go to overtake his higher ranked team mate, Brendan CASEY at number 13.

A good run of form for Philippe BERGMANS (BEL), who is up 6 to number 6, his highest ranking for a couple of years. He is only able to count three top 3 results amongst the 14 events making up his ranking, but Philippe's consistency in placing results around the top 15 is certainly paying dividends when it comes to ranking points.

The biggest leap in the world's top 20 goes to Maciej GABROWSKI (POL) who jumps up 5 to sit at number 20. A sailor who was ranked as the world's number 12 in February 2002, it looks as though he is on a return roll after a fourth place at the Europeans and earns his colours as Poland's top-ranked Laser sailor.

The results of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship with a Grade 2 ranking see the gold medallist Ricky IRONMONGER (AUS) leap a massive 60 points up the world rankings, up to 124 from 184, a career best, having entered the rankings in February 2002 at 448. Similarly, the silver medallist Norbert WILANDT (POL) is up to 142 from 178. For the bronze medallist Tonci STIPANOVIC (CRO), his medal also marks his debut on the world rankings entering at number 469 - Congratulations Tonci.

In total, one Grade 1, four Grade 2 and give Grade 3 events have seen much movement in the Laser rankings, but not too many major shifts.

Similar to the girls' single-handed fleet, in terms of nation representation, there is no one nation dominating the world's top 10, with eight nations claiming slots.

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Double-handed Dinghy Men- 470

No change for the world's number one and two with Andreas KOSMATOPOLOUS/Kostas TRIGONIS (GRE) and Nathan WILMOT/Malcolm PAGE (AUS), the only difference is that the Australians have closed their points deficit to 8 from 25, gaining all the time. Whilst Andreas and Kostas have not been out of the world's top three for the past two years, Nathan and Malcolm are relative newcomers, entering the world's top 10 just over a year ago, albeit at number 1!

The biggest upset to the top 10 is the arrival of Alvaro MARINHO/Miguel NUNES (POR) in at number 3 from 12.
Not far behind is the leap up to 4 from 9 by Johan MOLUND/Martin ANDERSSON (SWE), after their fourth placing at the Europeans.

It was the victory achieved by Paul FOERSTER/Kevin BURNHAM at the 470 Europeans that halved their ranking position from 44 to 22, the highest ranking they have achieved for eighteen months.

In addition to the Grade 1 Europeans, there were three Grade 3 events included in this ranking, however, many of the top ranked sailors were absent from these events.

Into the world's top 20 go Tomislav BASIC/Petar CUPAC (CRO) to the demise of the Polish pairing of Tomasz STANCZYK/Tomasz JAKUBIAK who drop out of the top 20, from 18 to 24.

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Double-handed Dinghy Women - 470

And another change at the top - good for some not for others. Becoming the world's top ranked 470 sailors and achieving a career best are Natalia VIA DUFRESNE/Sandra AZON, who have pushed Sofia BEKATOROU/Emilia TSOULFA (GRE) from the slot they have held for most of the past few years. A fantastic achievement based on their victory at the 470 Europeans, which is the only event included in this ranking.

Smiling alongside Natalia and Begonia are the pairing of Stefanie ROTHWEILER/Monika LEU, whose seventh placing at the 470 Europeans, compared to the Greeks fifteenth heralded their arrival into the number 2 slot, leaving Sofia and Emilia, no doubt a little lost as the world ranked number 3, not a position they are used to.

At the forthcoming Athens Regatta 2003 (Test Event), whilst not a ranked event, Sofia and Emilia will certainly endeavour to exert their usual placing in the fleet.

In total there are three new entries into the world's top 20, with the most significant coming from Maria Fernanda SESTO/Paula REINOSO (ARG). Up until a little over a year ago Maria and Paula were ranked in the world's top 10, but with a drop-off in participation found themselves placed around the 20's and 30's, that was until a sixth place at the Europeans has headed them back up to 12 from 28. With a second at the 2002 Athens Regatta (Test Event) this duo should be watched.

Erin MAXWELL/Jen MORGAN (USA) move up to 13 from 23, again after their result at the Europeans. The last crew joining the top 20 breakers and the highest movers are Vesna DEKLEVA/Klara MAUCEC (SLO) up to place 10 from 26, from their second overall at the Europeans - a career best both in terms of placing on the world rankings and placing at a Grade 1 event.

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Double-Handed Dinghy Open - 49er

Positions 1, 2 and 3 remain the same in this ranking release whilst the British team of Alistair RICHARDSON and Peter GREENHALGH slide one place to number 5 after a disappointing result at the Europeans and make way for their rivals Paul BROTHERTON and Mark ASQUITH at number 4.

The main event for this release was the ISAF Grade One 49er European Championship held in Laredo, Spain. The event was won by German team Marcus BAUR and Max GROY but their ranking remains the same at number 14. Second place went to Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR) who also sit at number 2 in the world. Defending World Champions Iker MARTINEZ and Xavier FERNANDEZ (ESP) finished third in Spain at remain ranked at number 3 also.

There's just one new entry to the top 20 and that is Chris NICHOLSON and Gary BOYD of Australia whose fourth place at the Europeans has boosted them up to number 16. The highest new entry is Tom LONNQUIST and Jacob GRANQUIST from Finland whose 58 place at the Europeans has launched them into the Rankings at number 128.

A superb fight is shaping up for the 49er fleet as the ISAF World Championship approaches - this could be crunch time for the British sailors. With an impressive three teams in the top five and four in the top 20, the 'battle for Britain' for who will represent the nation in Athens is an exciting one to watch over the coming months.

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Multihull Open - Tornado

No change in the top 20 of the Tornado Rankings as Xavier REVIL and Laurence GUILLEMETEE (FRA) hold onto the top slot ahead of Hugh STYLES and Adam MAY of Great Britain.

With one Grade 2 and one Grade 3 event contributing to the rankings it is no surprise there has been little change and it is not until you get down to number 36 that there is any change - Eric HOLDEN and Mark COAKLEY (CAN) are up two places. Roland GAEBLER's (GER) win at Warnemunde and second place at Travemunde has moved him up to 38 from 42 and other changes in position are similarly small.

Just one new entry and that's Matthias and Julia NOWAK (GER) who enter at 105 after finishing 14 at Travemunde.

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Keelboat Women - Yngling

It looks like there has been a big one for the Yngling fleet this ranking but in fact there have not been any new event results affecting the positions. All the position changes are due to events dropping off the rolling 365 day cycle of calculation.

Betsy ALISON and team (USA) the new Open World Champions have managed to hold on to the number one slot but is only 57 points ahead of Ulrike SCHUEMANN (GER) who has climbed up to number two from four. Dorte JENSEN (DEN), Kristine WAGNER (GER) and Paula LEWIN (BER) now reside at 3, 4 and 5 having each risen four places from 7, 8 and 9 respectively.

The biggest slider in the top twenty is Jody SWANSON (USA) who goes down 10 places to number 15.

Mention should be made of Ruslana TARAN (UKR) an ex-470 sailor and winner of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award in 1997 who has climbed nine places up to 35. Taran is the only Ukrainean sailor in the Yngling rankings and sailing with Anna KALININA and Svetlana MATEVUSHEVA will be working hard to qualify the Ukraine for Athens 2004.

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Keelboat Open - Star

There's no change in the top 20 of the Star Rankings and only one Grade Three event added to the points in this ranking release. Fredrik LOOF and Anders EKSTROM (SWE) still top the pile, almost three hundred points ahead of Mark MANSFIELD and Killian COLLINS (IRL) at number two and Mark REYNOLDS and Magnus LILJEDAHL (USA) at number 3.

Grade 3 Rostige Kanne Regatta in Switzerland was won by Paul-Ambroise SEVESTRE and Vincent BERENGVIER (FRA) but he remains at number 16. Flavio MARAZZI and Enrico DE MARIA (SUI) finished third and remains ranked at number 10. Fourth place went to Bruno and Renato MARAZZI (SUI) who now enter the rankings at number 314 - the highest new entry.

Further down the rankings there has been some jostling of position, but with only minor changes. The biggest slide is that of Luigi RAVIOLI and Andrea GUIDI (ITA) who slip from 86 down to 114.

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