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21 September 2003, 12:50 pm
President of the International Olympic Committee Cup
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2003 ISAF World Championship
Bay of Cadiz

With Eight Medals already decided, we can now turn our attention to the nations in the running to claim the President of the IOC Cup, which will be awarded on Wednesday to the top performing nation.
The then President of the IOC, His Excellency Juan Antonio Samaranch, donated the Cup as a perpetual trophy for the 1999 Worlds and for future combined World Championships for the Olympic Classes.

In awarding this Cup, ISAF will follow the protocol applied by the International Olympic Committee at the Olympic Games. This will give a point to each medal achieved, regardless of whether it be Gold, Silver or Bronze.

The President of the IOC Cup will be awarded to the nation with the greatest number of Gold Medals. If there is a tie for Gold Medals, the Cup will then go to the nation with the greatest number of medals, and if there is a further tie, to the nation with the greatest number of bronze medals.

The President of the IOC Cup was first awarded at the 1999 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, when the host nation claimed the Cup, as the top scoring nation in the seven Olympic Class World Championships.

President of the IOC Cup - Top Performing Nations in 1999

1. Australia - 37 points
2. Sweden - 33 points
3. Great Britain - 31 points
4. Germany - 27 points
5. Holland - 21 points
6. Denmark - 19 points
7. Ukraine - 18 points
8. Poland - 17 points
9. France - 16 points
10. Italy - 15 points

In an outstanding performance, with only 18 months to go to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Australian sailors won a gold and a silver medal in the High Performance Dinghy Open - 49er and a silver medal in the Single-handed Dinghy Women - Europe. Overall Australia finished in the top 10 in six of the seven Olympic classes at the 1999 Worlds.

The difference between 1999 and the 2003 ISAF World Championship, is that only seven of the then ten classes used at the Olympic Regatta held their World Championships in Melbourne.

With two events concluded, the Single-handed Dinghy Women in the Europe and Keelboat Women in the Yngling, and Gold Medals in both the Keelboat Men in the Star and Windsurfer Men in the Mistral determined a day before the finals, who is looking in contention for the President of the IOC Cup.

President of the IOC Cup - Current Standings

Position Nation Gold Silver Bronze
1 USA 1 0 1
2 Norway 1 0 0
2 Poland 1 0 0
3 Finland 0 1 0
3 Germany 0 1 0
3 Denmark 0 0 1


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