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Australia clinches sailing gold

17/05/2004 06:13:22 AM Comments (0)

Australia won the men's event and Sweden the women's gold medal in the 470 world sailing championships in Croatia, the last Olympic qualifying regatta.

Racing was cancelled due to a lack of wind in this mid-Adriatic resort city, but results from the 12 previous races left the top-ranked Australia crew of helmsman Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page on top with 44 points.

Wilmot and Page dominated won three races and placed in the top three six times. Their achievement points to a good chance for Australia to win back-to-back Olympic 470 golds in Athens.

Sweden's Johan Molund and Martin Andersson were second with 51 points, and Britain's Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield third. The French pair of Gildas Philippe and Nicolas Le Berre won four races but lost a chance at a medal with a disqualification and 25th finish in the last race.

The six men's Olympic qualifying berths were earned by Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, South Korea, Hungary and Austria.

Sweden's Therese Torgersson and Vendela Zachrisson, who took bronze at the European championships last year, won the women's event when Slovenia's Vesna Dekleva and Klara Maucec faltered at the finish after leading for five days.

The Slovenes' placed 23rd in the 12th race which the Swedes won, and gave them a 1-point victory on best results.

Israel's Nike Kornecki and Vered Bouskila secured third, only a point behind the Slovenes.

Australians Jenny Armstrong and Belinda Stowell were fourth.

The five women's Olympic spots were clinched by the United States, Argentina, Canada, Brazil, and Italy.

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