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Italians top both Men and Womens 470 Worlds

'Giovanna Micol, Giulia Conti (ITA)- 470 World Championship 2008'    Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©    Click Here to view large photo

Italian sailors top the qualifiers in both the Men's and Womens' events at the 470 World Championships in Australia. Lightweight fliers Gabrio Zandona and Andrea Trani lead the men and Guilia Conti and Giovanna Micol the women's event at the end of the qualifying series.

In the 470 Mens event at Mordialloc Sailing Club conditions have suited the 2003 world champions, Zandona and Trani, who finished third in Race 6 of the Sail Melbourne event, the final race of the qualifiers.

“We are obviously very happy with our position at the moment but it is tomorrow when the real racing starts for us,” Zandona said. “We were expecting much stronger winds here so we have been very pleased so far with conditions – we hope they stay like this, not so strong, because we are a light crew and much more suited to this. There are a lot of heavier crews here who can go a lot faster than us, so we will see what happens next.”

There were plenty of mixed results out on the water, with Nic Asher and Elliot Willis (GBR) maintaining outright second position overall on 14 points, despite crossing the line in 13th place today.

Fellow Brits Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield lost one position on the fleet following a 17th, giving up third place to Spaniards Onan Barreiros and Aaron Sarmiento. The Spanish crew elevated themselves from sixth following a second place.

Beijing bound Australian’s Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page were visibly disappointed with their 15th today, dropping them further out of touch with the leaders in 17th place overall on 37 points – already 25 points adrift of the leading Italians.

Kiwi teenagers Carl Evans and Peter Burling continued their outstanding regatta with a solid second place finish. Both 17, they said today they were enjoying the whole experience.

“We had a pretty good start and picked the first shift … we’re right up there in everything.” “We just want to go out and have fun really, there’s a lot of good guys around us,” Evans said

Things will continue to heat up for the youngsters as the finals series progresses, with the New Zealander selectors leaving it until the completion of the world titles to announce their Olympic representative.

Marlene Steinherr and Annina Wagner (GER) - 470 Worlds 2008 -  Jeff Crow- Sport?nid=41233 the Library ©   Click Here to view large photo

Meanwhile the 470 Women’s crews were less fortunate today, with their Race 6 abandoned late afternoon due to a thunderstorm.

After five completed races, third placed Australian’s Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson said they were disappointed not to get a race in today.

“It was really shifty and light conditions out there … our favourite conditions, so it would have been good if we got a race in,” Parkinson said. “But you have to play with what you get and we’re still keen to race tomorrow and get out there and get a fresh start,” she added.

Britain's Christina Bassadone and Sakia Clark are now in 18th place overall.

The women’s results remain unchanged after Day 3 of competition, with Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol (ITA) leading the fleet into their finals series starting tomorrow on nine points, three points clear of Marcelien De Koning and Lobke Berkhout (NED) with Rechichi and Parkinson one point further back.

470 - Men, final leading positions after qualification

1 ITA ZANDONÀ, Gabrio TRANI, Andrea 1 2 -8 3 3 3 20 12 pts

2 GBR ASHER, Nic WILLIS, Elliot 2 2 3 4 3 -13 27 14 pts

3 ESP BARREIROS RODR�GUEZ, Onán SARMIENTO PADILLA, Aarón 3 1 -7 5 4 2 22 15 pts

4 GBR ROGERS, Nicholas GLANFIELD, Joe 6 3 2 1 5 -17 34 17 pts

5 FRA LEBOUCHER, Pierre GAROS, Vincent 2 4 1 6 -18 5 36 18 pts

6 FRA CHARBONNIER, Nicolas BAUSSET, Olivier 7 6 1 1 -9 5 29 20 pts

7 NZL EVANS, Carl BURLING, Peter -10 7 2 9 1 2 31 21 pts

8 ESP MARTÃ?NEZ DORESTE, Gustavo WOOD VALDIVIELSO, Dimas 10 1 12 1 1 -30 55 25 pts

9 RUS BASALKIN, Artem ZYBIN, Alexander -16 10 7 5 2 1 41 25 pts

10 POR MARINHO, Ã?lvaro NUNES, Miguel 5 1 10 3 -15 9 43 28 pts

470 - Women, final leading positions after qualification

11 ITA CONTI, Giulia MICOL, Giovanna 1 3 -6 4 1 15 9 pts

2 NED DE KONING, Marcelien BERKHOUT, Lobke 1 5 2 -9 4 21 12 pts

3 AUS RECHICHI, Elise PARKINSON, Tessa 4 1 3 5 -9 22 13 pts

4 JPN AI, Kondo NAOKO, Kamata -19 2 5 1 8 35 16 pts

5 USA MAXWELL, Erin KINSOLVING, Isabelle 2 -14 3 7 4 30 16 pts

6 USA CLARK, Amanda MERGENTHALER, Sarah 6 5 7 2 -15 35 20 pts

7 AUT VOGL, Sylvia FLATSCHER, Carolina 7 6 -19 6 2 40 21 pts

8 ISR KORNECKI, Nike BOUSKILA, Vered 5 2 9 -14 7 37 23 pts

9 GER ROTHWEILER, Stefanie KUSSATZ, Vivien 4 9 1 10 -11 35 24 pts

10 JPN TABATA, Wakako KURITA, Naomi 10 4 1 -13 10 38 25 pts

Tessa Parkinson and Elise Rechichi (AUS) - 470 Worlds 2008 -  Jeff Crow- Sport?nid=41233 the Library ©   Click Here to view large photo

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