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11 August 2003, 01:17 pm
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R Aguayo (DOM) took Silver in the Sunfish© Thornton

Pan American Games
Santo Domingo

Sailing at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo concluded yesterday. 13 nations took home medals with five sharing the eight gold medals. The medal ceremonies are due to take place this evening.
Ricardo SANTOS (BRA) took gold in the Men's Mistral event after winning the final two races to bring his tally of bullets to seven. The silver went to Galvan (ARG) just three points behind after the pair dominated the event taking all the first and second places between them. Bronze went to Stittle of Canada, despite him scoring an OCS in race 11 and not competing in race 12.

The Women's Mistral event was utterly dominated by Lanee BUTLER (USA) who took 10 bullets and 2 seconds and didn't need to compete in race 11 or 12 to take the title 12 points clear of second placed Vallee from Canada. The bronze went to Argentina's C Walther.

Not surprisingly, it was Robert SCHEIDT (BRA) all the way in the Laser event. After winning races one to ten he didn't need to compete races 11 or 12 and finished 15 points ahead of silver medallist B Luttmer of Canada and M Del Solar from Chile.

The Laser Radial was also decided before the final days racing and TE Calles (MEX) sat out the final two races. Only two points separated K Rasa (CAN) and F Cernutti (ARG) who took silver and bronze respectively.

Venezuela claimed the gold yesterday in the Sunfish class, with Bermuda and the Dominican Republic fighting successfully today for silver and bronze. Current world champion, Eduardo Cordero didn't need to sail the final two races and secured the series by taking six bullets and never finishing outside the top five.

The Hobie 16 again was also dominated from the outset with Enrique FIGUEROA and C MALATRASI (PUR) winning every race except the first two where they finished second. NORIEGA and NORIEGA from Mexico took the silver after finishing the series with two seconds and leaving Guatemala's JI MAEGLI and AA LOPEZ to take the bronze.

The battle for gold was by far the tightest in the Snipe fleet where the medal was decided on countback. Tied on 19 points the medal went to B AMORIM and D BIANCHI (BRA) with N Manso and O LORENZO having to settle for silver. The bronze went to Uruguay's S SILVERA and N SHABAN.

Finally the in the J/24 fleet the USA won its second sailing gold medal after its J/24 team won the first of two final races, edging out their last-threat -- Brazil -- to do so. Skipper Tim HEALY sailing with crew Nick JUDSON, Gordon BORGES and Davenport said "We had two shots at taking the gold today, we could either wrap it up with a first in either of today's two races or with a second in either race, as long as Brazil was behind us. We were hoping to do it in one race, and we did."

Healy's team retired before the day's second race began. Brazil retired as well, having secured the silver medal, while Chile sailed the second race to take bronze

"I think I can speak for the entire J/24 team that this was an awesome experience," said Healy. "We are used to sailing on our own, so we enjoyed every aspect of being with the other sailors, coaches and support staff and representing the U.S.A. this way."

Top Three Overall

Mistral Men

Pos Helm Nation R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Pts
1 Santos R BRA -3 -3 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 13
2 Galvan M ARG -2 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 dnc 16
3 Stittle K CAN 1 2 3 6 4 3 4 3 5 4 ocs dnc 35

Mistral Women

Pos Helm Nation R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Pts
1 Butler L USA 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 dnc dnc 12
2 Vallee D CAN 1 3 3 3 -4 -4 3 2 2 4 1 2 24
3 Walther C ARG -5 2 5 2 3 dsq 2 3 5 2 3 3 30
Pos Helm Nation R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Pts
1 Scheidt R BRA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 dnc dnc 10
2 Luttmer B CAN 3 -5 2 3 3 3 2 5 2 -6 1 1 25
3 Del Solar M CHI 4 4 dsq 2 2 -5 5 2 4 2 2 2 29

Laser Radial - Women

Pos Helm Nation R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Pts
1 Calles TE MEX 1 1 3 1 1 2 3 1 2 1 dnc dnc 16
2 Rasa K CAN 2 3 1 -6 4 5 2 3 1 4 3 1 24
3 Cerntti F ARG 3 5 2 3 2 -6 1 2 4 6 2 2 26

Sunfish - Open

Pos Helm Nation R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Pts
1 Cordero VEN 1 5 1 1 1 3 2 1 1 5 dnc dnc 21
2 Smith M BER 2 3 2 -7 6 -7 4 3 3 1 1 1 26
3 Aguayo R DOM 5 -6 3 5 2 1 6 5 2 -9 4 2 35

Hobie 16 - Open

Pos Helm Nation R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Pts
1 Figueroa E/ Malatrasi C PUR -2 -2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
2 Noriega A/ Noriega P MEX -7 1 4 2 2 3 4 2 -5 2 2 2 24
3 Maegle JI/ Lopez AA GUA 3 3 2 3 4 -5 3 3 2 4 -5 3 30

Snipe - Open

Pos Helm Nation R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Pts
1 Amorim B/ Bianchi D BRA 1 -3 1 -3 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 19
2 Manso N/ Lorenzo O CUB 3 1 2 2 2 -7 3 1 1 2 -5 2 19
3 Silvera S/ Shaban N URU 2 4 3 1 -6 4 1 -7 4 1 2 5 27

J/24 - Open

Pos Helm Nation R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Pts
1 Healy T USA 1 2 1 3 -5 1 2 1 4 2 1 dnc 18
Crocker D
Borges G
Judson N
2 Santa Cruz M BRA 2 1 2 1 1 -7 3 2 3 4 3 (DNC) 22
Jordao J
Adler A
Santiago D
3 Gonzalez A CHI 7 3 -11 4 3 2 4 dsq 1 10 4 4 42
Engell C
Barahona P
Avaria M
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