The ISAF Sailing World Championships were concluded today by two exciting Medal Races in the 470 Men and Women, with Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) winning the gold medal in the 470 Women, and Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE (AUS) in the 470 Men.
At 16:20 the 470 women entered the Arena to line up for the final Medal Race. Title defenders DE KONING and BERKHOUT looked liked they were on their way to claim the title for the third time in a row, with their only threat Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOUROUX (FRA).
After the starting signal, the Dutch women parked their boat above the French to get control, and it did not take long until they managed to increase their distance on them. Christina BASSADONE and Saskia CLARK (GBR) took an early and major lead in the race, and so they secured their position for bronze. An eighth position was enough for the French 470 women to take silver.
The World title was almost certain for WILMOT and PAGE even before the men's Medal Race as they held an 18-point lead. The Aussies made no mistake to claim their third World Championship title in four years.
The battle for the silver medal though was hot, with COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED) only one point ahead of Alvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNES (POR), sailing on home waters.
In the men's Medal Race it was Sime FANTELA and Igor MARENIC (CRO) who broke loose, leaving the rest of the fleet controlling each other in a tight battle for medals. Although it was a nice ending of the event for them, medals were out of reach.
The Dutch sailed a good race and managed to stay in front of the Portuguese. Unexpectedly Gideon KLIGER and Udi GAL (ISR) managed to get in front of the Dutch while the Portuguese fell back to finally end the race in last position.
The 470 Men from Israel did not really expect to win a medal after a bad start in the event. 'We were lucky that we got into the gold fleet, then we almost missed the Medal Race, and finally we take home the bronze medal.' KLIGER said.