The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 10 October 2012 have been released and for the first time include Kiteboarding.
Since the previous ranking release on 19 September, ISAF has re-graded the ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas of the 2011-12 circuit to apply the new grading system. This has affected points from Delta Lloyd Regatta, Skandia Sail for Gold and Kieler Woche which have changed from 200-point regattas to 100-point regattas.
In the first men’s Kiteboarding ISAF rankings release America’s Adam Koch has taken top spot. Koch became Open European Champion when he won the Kiteboarding Course Racing European Championship in La Baule, France in preparation for the World Championship in Cagliari, Italy. The American finished second in Cagliari to sit at the top of the rankings, one point shy of a perfect record.
Italy’s Riccardo Leccese follows the American in second place having finished second in France to take the European title. Leccese narrowly missed the podium in Cagliari to sit three points off Koch in the rankings.
Back-to-back third place finishes for Julien Kerneur (FRA) sees him third in the rankings whilst 2012 World Champion John Heineken (USA) is 27th having only competed at one event.
Four time Kiteboarding World Champion Steph Bridge (GBR) has taken the inaugural top spot in the Women’s Kiteboarding rankings. The British kiteboarder won gold at the European Championship before a second place at the Kiteboarding worlds. Following Bridge is Caroline Adrien (FRA) who finished one place behind Bridge at both events. Katja Roose (NED) rounds off the top three in the rankings.
World Ranking Leaders - 10 October
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) have moved back into the world number one spot following the re-grading of the three 2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas. Panagiotis Kampouridis and Efstathios Papadopoulos (GRE) move to a best of world number two whilst Gideon Kliger and Eran Sela (ISR) are third.
Following the re-grading Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata (JPN) continue to hold top spot whilst Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) climb up one place to world number two and Gil Cohen and Vered Buskila (ISR) climb to a best of world number three.
KONDO Ai, TABATA Wakako (JPN) - London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition
The regatta re-grading sees Tom Slingsby (AUS) regain top spot in the Laser, taking over from compatriot Tom Burton (AUS). Charlie Buckingham (USA) moves up to a personal best of world number three.
Marit Bouwmeester (NED) holds onto world number in the Laser Radial followed by London 2012 gold medallist Lijia Xu (CHN) and Great Britain’s Alison Young.
20120806 Copyright onEdition 2012© Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition Marit Bouwmeester (NED) who won the Silver Medal today, 06.08.12, in the Medal Race Women's One Person Dinghy (Laser Radial) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition runs from 29 July to 12 August and brings together 380 of the world's best sailors to race on Weymouth Bay. Sailing made its Olympic debut in 1900 and has appeared at every Olympic Game
There is no change in the top three 49er world rankings places as Allan Norregaard holds onto world number one following strong results with Peter Lang in the buildup to London 2012, and then post-Olympic Games with Anders Thomsen.
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) and Tobias Schadewaldt and Hannes Baumann (GER) follow.
August 8, 2012 - Weymouth, England - Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) Gold Medal winners
Brendan Casey (AUS) has taken the world number one Finn spot after the regatta re-grading. Casey took gold at Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres, France which bolstered his rankings points. Olympic silver medallist Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN) drops to world number two whilst Zach Railey (USA) is world number three.
The Nacra17 and 49erFX are set to be introduced into the ISAF Sailing World Cup for the first time throughout the 2012-2013 series and will appear on the rankings following each regatta.
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