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29 January 2010, 11:53 am
Sao Paulo Latest Stop For Youth Olympic Games Qualifiers
The Opening Ceremony in Brazil
The wet weather in Brazil forced the Opening Ceremony indoors

Byte CII South American Championships 2010
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Australia, China, Hong Kong and Thailand all secured qualification in the Techno 293 windsurfer events to be held at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
Lake Guarapiranga was under an abnormal deluge of rain that cancelled all the practice races and moved the opening ceremonies indoors at the ADC Eletropaulo Sports Association.

Teams from Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile are trying to qualify for the two male and two female South American spots in the Boy's and Girl's One Person Dinghy events at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in August 2010.

However, the first day of the Championship saw the return of the normal 8-10 knot conditions for which the venue was chosen as it closely resembles the conditions expected in Singapore next August at the Games.

Brazilian Michael Louzada, the most experienced CII competitor with a fifth and sixth respectively in the last two World Championships, claimed the first race and went on to win the day's racing with another sixth and a third. Even though he is too old for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), which is open to competitors aged 15-16 years, he is still looking to win the inaugural South American Championship.

Not far behind him in second on day one was Juan Ignacio Biava from Argentina who is of YOG age. Juan then won the second day's racing with a first and a third to Louzada's second and fourth. After five races, the first drop has kicked in, and Biava now sits second overall, just four points behind Louzada but leading all qualifiers.

In third and fourth overall are Alexander Elstrodt (BRA) and Pedo Hecker (ARG). Both are of YOG age and both are sailing consistently, Hecker actually winning the fifth race with Elstrodt in second.

Rounding out the top five is Brazilian Denise Chagas, the World Master's title holder from the 2009 World Championships in Kingston, Ontario.

Top Qualifying Countries after five races are:

Boys

Argentina (sailed by Juan Ignacio Biava)
Brazil (sailed by Alexander Elstrodt)

Girls

Argentina (sailed by Solewe Crepin)
Brazil (sailed by Claudia Mazzaferro

Full results and more - click here

Full details of the qualification system and qualified nations date are available on ISAF's dedicated YOG microsite www.sailing.org/yog.
Ian Bruce
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