11 Aug 2008
Dutch And Aussies Make The Early Running In Women's 470
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"It has been a very good day for us,” summarized DE KONING. “We had some good breezes in the first race, but gradually it slowed down. We were able to steer clear of the fleet and we were doing fantastic downwind. There are eight more races to go and my state of mind is relaxed."
The Australian team of Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON (AUS) came within seconds of winning both of today’s races, but had to settle for two second places, putting them in second overall, tying on points with the Dutch. RECHICHI was satisfied with the day’s performance although she said there were areas where the team could improve. "We were fast on the upwind but not so good on the downwind. We made a few tacking mistakes as well as some gybing mistakes. We had first race jitters," she said.
The recently formed French duo of Ingrid PETITJEAN and Gwendolyn LEMAITRE had great final run to win the day’s first race, but a bad start in the second cost them and they eventually finished 11th to lie fifth overall. Sandwiched between them and the Australians are teams helmed by two silver medallists from the Athens Games. Natalia VIA-DUFRESNE helmed the Spanish boat to silver in Athens and together with Laia TUTZO lies third overall after 4, 5 scores. Lenka SMIDOVA won silver in the single-handed Europe dinghy but switched to the 470 for her Beijing campaign. With crew Lenka MRZILKOVA 6, 4 finishes put her one place and one point behind the Spanish in fourth.
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Source: ISAF / Olympic News Service