Juegos Paralímpicos Londres día 2






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Reporte clase 2.4mR

2 SEPTEMBER 2012, 04:03 PM
Kroger Continues To Impress In The 2.4mR

London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition
Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain

Sydney 2000 2.4mR gold medallist Heiko Kroger (GER) continues to impress in the London 2012 2.4mR fleet after the German picked up his first bullet of the Paralympic Sailing Competition to take the overall lead.

Thierry Schmitter (NED) won Race 3 and sits one point behind Kroger. Overnight leader Helena Lucas dropped to third overall after an 11th in Race 4.

Very little has split the front runners so far and this was evident in the third race when just six seconds separated the top four fingers. Damien Seguin (FRA) took an early lead ahead of Lucas with Kroger in third but by the second mark the German had edged in front.

Paul Tingley (CAN) then came into the fray, picking his way through the shifty Portland Harbour winds to jump up into first place at the second windward mark ahead of Seguin and Schmitter.

Ferocious manoeuvring emerged in the final leg when Tingley tried to keep clear wind in his sails and SEGUIN fought to hold off attacks from Lucas and Schmitter. The top four boats crossed almost simultaneously, with Schmitter snatching victory from Tingley in second, Lucas third and Seguin dropping to fourth.

“It was very tight today,” said Schmitter. “I’m happy with the results so far. From race number six, it will get more interesting. At the moment, with discards, the positions could all change.”

Another tight race ensued in the fourth as Kroger took the bullet by three seconds ahead of Julio Reguerro (PUR). Kroger rounded the first mark in front of the Puerto Rican and neither sailor relinquished their places. “I was very fast today,” said Kroger. “I’m very fast upwind not so much downwind.”

Overnight leader Lucas did two penalty turns in the fourth race after an incident at the mark and dropped down to finish 11th and subsequently saw her drop from first to third overall. On the penalty Lucas said, “Unfortunately I got pinged for rocking. (I was) a little bit disappointed about that, but it happens. I was just steering on the waves.”

The fleet resume racing tomorrow at 11:10 on the Portland Harbour Course.

Top Five
1. Heiko Kroger (GER) – 13pts
2. Thierry Schmitter (NED) – 14pts
3. Helena Lucas (GBR) – 17pts
4. Mark LeBlanc (USA) – 23pts
5. Paul Tingley (CAN) – 25pts

Reporte clase Sonar

2 SEPTEMBER 2012, 05:55 PM
Dutch And Australian Crews Remain Consistent In The Sonar

London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition
Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain

The Dutch and Australian Sonar crews were the most consistent performers in the class on the second day of racing at the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition.

Overnight leaders Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and Stephen Churm (AUS) held onto their lead with another strong performance on Portland Harbour. The Australians finished third in Race 3 and followed up with a second in Race 4 and sit on nine points at the top of the leader board.

Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen and Mischa Rossen (NED) were extremely impressive recording a second and a bullet in shifty Portland winds. They move from fifth to silver medal position on 13 points.

Race 3 winners Bruno Jourdren, Nicolas Vimont-Vicary and Eric Flageul (FRA) remain third overall following a sixth in Race 4.

In Race 3 the Australians took an early lead but their decision to gybe straightaway at the first mark proved costly as they slipped down to eighth. Israel’s Dror Cohen, Arnon Efrati and Benny Vexler took the lead but were unable to hold it as the French pounced to take the lead at the second mark.

The Australians recovered and worked their way up the fleet to finish third whilst the Dutch, who had sailed conservatively throughout the race, took a comfortable second place.

Race 4 developed into a fixed formation as the Dutch rounded the first mark in the lead followed by the Australians and America’s Paul Callahan, Tom Brown and Bradley Johnson. The teams remained in their positions until the finish.

Top Five
1. Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris & Stephen Churm (AUS) – 9pts
2. Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen, Mischa Rossen (NED) – 13pts
3. Bruno Jourdren, Nicolas Vimont-Vicary & Eric Flageul (FRA) – 14pts
4. Paul Callahan, Tom Brown & Bradley Johnson (USA) – 21pts
5. John Robertson, Hannah Stodel, Stephen Thomas (GBR) – 22pts

Reporte clase Skud

2 SEPTEMBER 2012, 02:48 PM
French And Creignou Dominate SKUD18 Fleet

London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition
Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain

Jen French and JP Creignou (USA) dominated the second day of SKUD18 racing at the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing competition after they notched up double bullets.

Having recorded a third and a fifth on the opening day the two race wins pulls them into gold medal contention on ten points. Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (AUS) lead the fleet on eight points closely followed by Alex Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) on nine points.

“It’s very tight at the top of the fleet and a lot can happen,” said French. And on what they need to do for the remainder of the regatta Creignou added, “We just need to stay away from the traffic round the marks.”

The Americans blew the field away in the first race and led from start to finish. At the first mark they had established a 22 second lead and with clear water and air they extended their lead at each rounding before sealing a 1:13 victory over Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (AUS). John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit (CAN) came through in third followed by the Brits.

French and Creignou were equally impressive in Race 4 despite not having it all their own way from the off. The Australians set the precedent early on to lead around the first three marks. But after hitting the mark at the leeward gate, the Australians did a penalty turn allowing French and Creignou through. The Americans used their exceptional downwind speed to take the bullet 47 seconds ahead of Rickham and Birrell.

Fitzgibbon and Tesch remained consistent and finished third to pull one point ahead of the Brits after the opening day saw them locked on three points apiece.

The SKUD18 fleet are set to resume racing at 11:00 local time tomorrow on Portland Harbour.

Top Five
1. Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (AUS) – 8pts
2. Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) – 9pts
3. Jen French and JP Creignou (USA) – 10pts
4. John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit (CAN) – 14pts
5. Marcos Gualandris and Marta Zanetti (ITA) – 23pts

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