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15 Aug 2008

Wins For Austria and Israel Whilst Aussies Reclaim Women's 470 Lead

Image: © DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

Austria's Sylvia VOGL and Carolina FLATSCHER and Nike KORNECKI and Vered BOUSKILA of Israel posted race wins today, but it's the Aussies Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON who are back in the overall lead of the Women's 470 fleet.
 
The Women’s 470 fleet were the only sailors to race two races at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center on Friday. European Champions Sylvia VOGL and Carolina FLATSCHER (AUT) and Israel’s Nike KORNECKI and Vered BUSKILA made the most of the opportunity, stealing the show in the 9-11 knot north northeasterly winds out on course area D. Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON (AUS) are back in the overall lead, adding to their consistent scoreline with finishes of second and fifth today.

"We went off to Korea today. The wind was very shifty and at one point, we were 600 metres away from everyone but still we came back to the top of the fleet," RECHICHI said.

KORNECKI and BOUSKILA are proving to be the surprise package of this year’s Games and a 3,1 for the day moved them up into third place overall, just seven points behind second place Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED). The Dutch team suffered a dip in form today, with 10, 7 scores putting them nine points behind the Australian leaders. 

Fernanda OLIVEIRA and Isabel SWAN (BRA) leap-frogged five places in the standings with today's 6 and 2 scores and landed in fourth place overall at the end of eight races.

The 470 Women will race on Course D on Saturday 16 August to complete the final two races of their Opening Series.

Overall Results - click here

Source: ISAF / Olympic News Service.