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4 August 2003, 09:20 am
Filip MATIKA (CRO) Retains HisTitle
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Optimist World Championship
Las Palmas - Gran Canaria

Filip, who last year became probably the youngest sailor ever to win the event at the age of 11 years 10 months, repeated his victory in unarguable fashion with a victory in the final race.
The disqualification of Sebastian PERI BRUSA in the penultimate race had no effect on Filip but did mean that Jesse KIRKLAND did not even need his fine 9 + 3 on the final day to take silver, the first medal ever won by his country in the 41 year-old event.

Tomasz Januszewski (POL) confirmed the improved standard of Polish sailing, shown by their victory in the Europeans, to take fourth ahead of Hannah MILLS (GBR)

Hannah had had to sail conservatively ever since her second OCS in Race 7 but strung together a set of excellent results to win the girls prize by a large margin. With three sailors in the top 12 this was by far the best British performance for decades.

Joaquin BLANCO, double European champion and sailing in his own club, was always going to be under pressure and it is a tribute to his resilience that he achieved an excellent sixth.

221 sailors from 50 countries participated and by general consent this was the best Worlds for years thanks to superb winds and the wonderful people and facilities which make up the R.C.N. Gran Canaria.

Top Ten Overall After 15 Races

Position Nation Helm Points
1 CRO Filip MATIKA 44
2 BER Jesse KIRKLAND 65
3 ARG Sebastian PERI BRUSA 69
4 POL Tomasz JANUSZEWSKI 78
5 GBR Hannah MILLS 81
6 ESP Joaquin BLANCO 92
7 JPN Ryutaro KAWAI 95
8 GRE Spanomanolis JASON 100
9 SWE Nicklas DACKHAMMAR 104
10 GBR Richard MASON 118

Top Ten Girls

Position Nation Helm Points
1 GBR Hannah MILLS 81
2 ARG Victoria TRAVASCIO 153
3 ITA Alessandra FERLICH 161
4 PER Tania ZIMMERMANN 202
5 CRO Tina MIHELIC 218
6 FRA Claire FERCHAUD 234
7 SLO Tina MRAK 235
8 JPN Saki GOTO 238
9 CHI Arantza GUMUCIO 264
10 PER Nathalie ZIMMERMANN 275
Robert Wilkes (As Amended by ISAF Secretariat)
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