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11 August 2003, 05:07 pm
Tonci STIPANOVIC (CRO) Clinches It
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Laser Radial Youth World Championship
Lake Garda

Croatia completed their dominance of the 2003 Laser Radial Youth and Open World Championships when, in an exciting last day of racing, Tonko KUUZMANIC (CRO) lost his overnight lead and all but lost his chance of retaining his title.
In 10 knots of wind the defending champion was buried at the start and could only recover to 22, his worst result of the series so far. Meanwhile his fellow countryman and 2002 Laser 4.7 World Champion, Tonci STIPANOVIC took over the lead with a first place that lifted him from seventh place to first overall. Overnight second and third placed Jonasz STELMAZYK (POL) and Campbell DAVIDSON (GBR) also found the going tough. Stelmazyk scored a 12, whilst Davidson's 34 used up his final series discard, and his chance of overall honours rested on the others having a bad final race.

Going into the second race Stipanovic held a two point lead over Stelmazyk with Kuzmanic a further point behind.

In the slightly fresher wind Davidson led round the first mark, but his nearest three rivals were also in the hunt, with Stipanovic sitting comfortably in second place. From then on it was fingers crossed that the "Ora" wind did not die before the end of the race. For once the wind held. Davidson did all he could by holding his lead to finish ahead of Stipanovic.

Stipanovic's title was secure, repeating the last day's swapping of places in the Open Championship when the leading Croatians were overtaken by fellow countrymen.

Croatia also repeated their victories in the same events last year which, added to their second place in the senior European Championship the previous week, demonstrated the benefits of their squad system and intensive training and also laid down a marker for the future. They have to be one of the best bets for an Olympic medal in the Laser class in the next five years.

Top Ten Final Results (with 2 discards)

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Points
1 CRO STIPANOVIC Tonci 1 1 2 -30 4 2 4 -25 11 1 2 28
2 CRO KUZMANIC Tonko 2 1 2 2 1 1 -10 19 1 -22 4 33
3 POL STELMASZYK Jonasz 1 3 -10 2 2 3 1 4 -15 12 6 34
4 GBR DAVIDSON Campbell, U 17 4 12 1 1 -13 6 2 8 3 -34 1 38
5 ESP PADRON Javier 5 4 (ocs) 3 3 1 1 17 9 11 -19 54
6 CRO MIHELIC Daniel 7 2 (dsq) 1 2 4 2 2 18 19 -36 57
7 NED BOUWMEESTER Roelof 2 6 3 3 -26 22 3 10 10 -29 14 73
8 POL OLECHNOWICZ Adam 6 28 2 -54 10 11 4 5 6 -43 3 75
9 FRA BULLEY Max 5 -12 5 1 2 3 6 -36 29 15 11 77
10 POL ANDRYSIAK Bartosz 20 18 -36 3 7 2 5 18 4 2 -33 79
ILCA (As Amended by ISAF Secretariat)
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