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Saturday, 28. January 2012   (Image © Daniel Forster)
Olympic Worldcup 2012 - Olympic Classes Regatta - Miami FL, USA - Day 5
The qualifications ended yesterday with the last two races by class, sailed in a freshening 15 kn breeze. Today Saturday, the Medal Races are on the program with most of the teams in a clear pole position. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT in the 49ers with a 19 points lead on Storck/Moore USA will remain first with the Americans on a safe second place. Lehtinen/Bask FIN and Norregard/Lang DEN will fight for the Bronze Medal. Belcher/Page AUS, 10 points ahead of Coster/Coster NED, are also on the safe side, as are the Dutchmen as second, 12 points in front of Kampouridis/Papadopulos GRE 3rd. In the 470 women, Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED clearly lead 12 points ahead of Mills/Clark GBR, who will be challenged by Sesto/Montegur ARG and Clark/Lihan USA for the Bronze medal. The 10 points' advance of Zach Railey USA on Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN should also be sufficient for the overall win. Tension is on once again in the Starboats (why should they be out of the Olympics in 2016?), where a bunch of former Olympic and Worlds Champions will fight for the medals. Scheidt/Prada BRA are 3 points ahead of Lööf/Salminen SWE, and Melleby/Pedersen NOR follow another 5 points back. The pairing in the Women Match Race is rather a surprise as Olivia Price AUS eliminated Sally Barkow USA in the Semis and will meet Lucy McGregor (3-2 vs Silja Lehtinen FIN) in the Final. The MOCR titles for the windsurfers are also practically decided, as Nick Dempsey GBR has an 18 points' lead in the RS:X-men , while Demita Vega MEX is also 15 points ahead in the RS:X-women.
Other best-ranked athletes representing North American federations, with 17 teams qualified for Medal Race as well, were: 470 men, McNay/Biehl USA 5th and Ramsey/Leigh CAN 15th; 470 women Clark/Lihan USA 4th, Haeger/Provancha USA 9th, Archibald/Dexter CAN 13th; RS:X men David Hayes CAN 5th, Robert Willis USA 6th, Federico Ortiz MEX 7th and Jean-Sébstien Fugère CAN 10th; RS:X women Farrah Hall USA 2nd, Carolina Mendelblatt USA rank 3 replacing the best Canadian Dominique Vallée CAN now on position 6; Starboats Mendelblatt/Fatih USA 7th, Clarke/Tyler CAN 9th; Finn Greg Douglas CAN 5th; 49ers Cook/Lowden CAN 5th, best of the three CAN skiffs in the top-10, Murrieta Bros MEX 17th. And last but not least Anna Tunnicliffe USA who defeated Tamara Echegoyan ESP in the Women Match Race duel for rank 5.
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