Job done

Ainslie secures Gold while Rogers/Glanfield are beaten down to silver by US veterans reports Andrew Preece

Saturday August 21st 2004, Author: Andrew Preece, Location: Mediterranean
It was sailing’s equivalent of the penalty shoot out. The Americans and the British were both assured of better than Bronze in the Men’s 470 fleet. The last race would decide who went home on top.

All week Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield have led the 470 class but all week the Americans have been chasing. Whenever Paul Foerster and Kevin Burnham made a bad start they would weave a way through. They finally stole the lead - and the psychological advantage - on Thursday.

Going into today’s race the Americans led by a point: Great Britain needed two boats between them and the Americans to reclaim the gold position as the music stopped. But the story on the street was that the Americans would come looking for them and match race them off the course.

"We had a day off yesterday to think about it," said Joe Glanfield afterwards. "We spoke to other members of the British team [including Ben Ainlsie who hunted Robert Scheidt off the Laser course in the final Laser race in Sydney to claim Gold] and decided to try and set ourselves up on the starboard layline for the committee boat. We spent the time before the start of the race doing timed runs."

Unfortunately for the British pair they stood out like sore thumbs way off to the right hand side of the track as the clocked ticked inside the final minute. By that time the Americans had come to find them. Foerster had managed to position himself between the British and the start line and the wind died from eight knots to four. A flurry of tacks at 30 seconds to go and it was effectively over. The fleet pulled away and the duelling pair was 50 metres back and locked in combat. Before they even crossed the starting line it was Silver for Britain.

"We felt pretty stupid," said Nick Rogers afterwards. "But what he did wasn’t easy. These boats are not America’s Cup boats and to stick in front of someone and hold them back for an entire race takes a lot of skill."

Rogers and Glanfield pulled 30 or so tacks up the first beat and around 20 up the second in an effort to break free. But Foerster was too good. "We were hoping they would make some small mistake and we could slip past," said Glanfield. "We thought we were tacking well, after every tack we thought 'that was a good one' but they matched us each time."

So an hour later the American team were confirmed as Gold medallists. The team with three silvers between them (Burnham still uses the trapeze harness he used back in 1992) and a combined age of 87, got the better of the nippers. "I won’t believe it until it’s hanging around my neck," said Burnham from the wire on the sail back in.

"I wouldn’t want to be starting the week again," said Glanfield from the water just seconds after he jumped ship as they crossed the finish line. "With this fleet and these conditions I’ll bank the Silver." The Japanese team howled with delight as they sailed to their coach boat for a Bronze medal celebration.

On the Finn course Ben Ainslie’s day was much more straightforward. All he needed to do to secure his second Gold medal was to finish within 14 places of the Spaniard Rafa Trujillo. Trujillo went around the first mark sixth, Ainslie was around five places behind. They finished 13th and 14th.

For Ainslie it has been a torrid week. After a first day disqualification over a port and starboard incident, things were looking difficult to impossible. But what Ainslie saw as a wrong-doing seemed to spur him on. "It was a mixture of frustration and anger after what happened on the first day," said Ainslie afterwards. "It was a case of either feeling hard done by or turning it round and getting back on with it. Two firsts the next day proved to me that I could get back into the medals and I guess it was the spark that made me sail better."

When asked if he would parade his gold medal in front of the French sailor that he felt had wrongly accused him Ainslie replied dismissively "I won’t be doing that. I still don’t have much time for what he did but I’m not really bothered about him. He doesn’t concern me."

There is no doubt in any of his rivals’ minds that Ainslie has something special. "Fighting with Ben is the most important event in my sporting life," said Trujillo afterwards. "I am very happy for Ben and very happy that I proved myself to be one of the best," said Mateusz Kusnierewicz who finished third.

"With Beano you know that he will try harder than anyone else for all of the time," says his coach David Howlett. "I don’t need to provide anything in the way of motivation because it is already there."

"Ben is one of the most intuitive sailors in the game," says his America’s Cup skipper Dean Barker who started the regatta with promise but ended up in 13th.

But while Shirley Robertson and her crew Sarah Webb and Sarah Ayton were in the hairdressers while others - including the rest of the Yngling fleet - were out racing, others were just starting their climb towards the podium.

For the British Tornado sailors their opening day will be one they will hope to put behind them: they began their regatta with an eighth and a 14th to lie 11th overnight. Things were more encouraging over on the Star course though a few hearts stopped when Paul Cayard and Phil Trinter led the first race from start to finish. Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell started with an eighth - a result that could yet provide useful in a high scoring regatta. They then elevated themselves with a third and are lying in fourth place overnight behind Cayard, Torben Grael and Flavio Marazzi of Switzerland.

Tomorrow Paul Goodison has the chance to do the business in the Laser class: he lies one point off Bronze. Gold is probably out of reach but in the Laser class - where even the god-like Robert Scheidt is counting a 12th for his discard - the six points to Silver is certainly not out of reach.



Final results:

FINN
Pos Name Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Tot Net
1 Ben AINSLIE GBR 9 26/DSQ 1 1 4 1 2 3 2 1 14 64 38
2 Rafael TRUJILLO SPA 8 3 3 6 2 3 26/OCS 4 5 4 13 77 51
3 Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ POL 3 1 6 4 11 26/OCS 17 1 7 2 1 79 53
4 Karlo KURET CRO 6 2 10 8 12 18 7 5 3 3 5 79 61
5 Emilios PAPATHANASIOU GRE 1 5 17 13 15 6 8.4 2 1 22 4 94.4 72.4
6 Anthony NOSSITER AUS 18 8 4 7 8 13 1 8 20 6 25 118 93
7 Sebastien GODEFROID BEL 19 12 2 5 6 5 3 11 24 18 15 120 96
8 Guillaume FLORENT FRA 7 7 5 16 3 9 9 15 13 12 19 115 96
9 Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN DEN 16 4 23 26/DNF 1 8 11 13 10 8 11 131 105
10 Joäo SIGNORINI BRA 15 9 21 15 21 4 5 6 12 9 17 134 113
11 Kevin HALL USA 11 6 13 17 16 14 13 9 9 17 7 132 115
12 David BURROWS IRL 17 14 9 3 18 2 26/OCS 10 11 10 22 142 116
13 Dean BARKER NZL 5 10 7 11 7 16 26/OCS 12 19 20 10 143 117
14 Daniel BIRGMARK SWE 12 13 11 14 14 10 4 7 17 16 21 139 118
15 Michael MAIER CZE 13 17 19 9 20 12 15 18 4 7 6 140 120
16 Ali ENVER ADAKAN TUR 2 15 8 10 22 11 10 21 16 24 9 148 124
17 Michael FELLMAN GER 14 11 12 2 9 17 19 19 25 21 3 152 127
18 Richard CLARKE CAN 10 18 15 22 19 15 26/OCS 14 8 11 2 160 134
19 NED 22 19 18 12 13 7 12 16 14 13 12 158 136
20 Gasper VINCEC SLO 4 24 14 19 26/DNF 19 8 17 18 5 23 177 151
21 Vladimir KRUTSKIKH RUS 23 22 22 21 10 23 16 22 6 23 8 196 173
22 Alejandro COLLA ARG 20 21 25 18 5 20 14 20 21 19 16 199 174
23 Balazs HAJDU HUN 24 16 16 20 17 22 20 23 15 14 20 207 183
24 Michele MARCHESINI ITA 21 20 20 24 24 24 6 25 23 15 24 226 201
25 Imre TAVETER EST 25 23 24 23 23 21 18 24 22 25 18 246 221

470 MEN
Pos Helm Crew Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Tot Net
1 Paul FOERSTER Kevin BURNHAM USA 1 8 2 15 9 4 3 7 18 4 -22 93 71
2 Nick ROGERS Joe GLANFIELD GBR 2 3 9 4 17 5 2 3 10 19 -23 97 74
3 Kazuto SEKI Kenjiro TODOROKI JPN 3 7 -21 18 7 12 1 9 5 17 11 111 90
4 Johan MOLUND Martin ANDERSSON SWE 18 15 8 -22 1 16 12 4 2 3 15 116 94
5 Gildas PHILIPPE Nicolas LE BERRE FRA 14 2 13 7 2 -17 15 17 12 13 2 114 97
6 Sven COSTER Kalle COSTER NED 4 21 4 16 12 18 6 8 6 -22 6 123 101
7 Alvaro MARINHO Miguel NUNES POR -22 5 20 21 10 8 9 1 20 1 8 125 103
8 Alexandre PARADEDA Bernardo ARNDT BRA 5 1 14 19 4 10 17 20 -24 9 5 128 104
9 Eugen BRASLAVETS Igor MATVIENKO UKR 10 4 1 28/DNF 8 7 18 12 13 24 9 134 106
10 Gabrio ZANDONA Andrea TRANI ITA 21 -23 7 12 11 22 13 5 7 8 3 132 109
11 Lukcas ZELLMER Felix KRABBE GER 17 16 10 11 5 19 10 -23 8 11 7 137 114
12 Nathan WILMOT Malcolm PAGE AUS 12 28/DSQ 3 3 19 3 4 18 3 26 28/OCS 147 119
13 Javier CONTE Juan DE LA FUENTE ARG -26 20 5 1 21 1 11 13 9 23 17 147 121
14 Tomaz COPI Davor GLAVINA SLO 13 13 17 6 15 -20 8 19 15 6 14 146 126
15 Gideon KLIGER Udi GAL ISR 19 12 6 8 23 9 5 11 23 12 28/DSQ 156 128
16 Gerald OWENS Ross KILLIAN IRL 11 14 16 14 14 14 -19 16 4 16 10 148 129
17 Dmitry BEREZKIN Mikhail KRUTIKOV RUS 8 17 -26 17 18 21 16 6 14 14 1 158 132
18 Andreas KOSMATOPOULOS Kostas TRIGONIS GRE 9 6 11 9 16 2 23 15 21 20 28/OCS 160 132
19 Tomislav BASIC Petar CUPAC CRO 16 10 19 5 20 -26 21 25 1 7 12 162 136
20 Gustavo MARTINEZ Dimas WOOD ESP 7 22 12 10 3 11 26 21 16 10 28/OCS 166 138
21 Tomasz STANCZYK 7 POL 24 11 -25 2 13 25 7 14 22 18 21 182 157
22 Lukas ERNI Simon BRUEGGER SUI 20 25 18 20 6 24 20 -27 11 15 4 190 163
23 Daeyoung KIM Sung Ahn JUNG KOR 6 19 24 25 26 27 24 2 28/OCS 2 16 199 171
24 Selim KAKIS Kaan OZGONENC TUR 25 18 15 24 25 6 28/DSQ 24 19 5 13 202 174
25 Kristian Skjoedt KJAERGAARD Mads Moller HANSEN DEN 23 9 22 13 28/DSQ 15 25 22 17 27 18 219 191
26 Andrew BROWN Jamie HUNT NZL -27 24 23 23 22 13 14 10 26 25 20 227 200
27 Peter CZEGAI Csaba CSEREP HUN 15 26 27 28/DNF 24 23 22 26 25 21 19 256 228

470 WOMEN
Pos Helm Crew Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Tot Net
1 Sofia BEKATOROU Emilia TSOULFA GRE 1 2 2 13 1 1 14 1 1 2 21/DNC 59 38
2 Natalia VIA-DUFRESNE Sandra AZON ESP 2 4 9 15 -19 5 8 3 5 6 5 81 62
3 Therese TORGERSSON Vendela ZACHRISSON SWE 9 10 7 2 3 -14 9 6 7 7 3 77 63
4 Vesna DEKLEVA Klara MAUCEC SLO 3 5 14 -18 2 15 1 2 18 3 2 83 65
5 Katie McDOWELL Isabelle KINSOLVING USA 12 16 3 12 9 2 -18 17 8 1 4 102 84
6 Susanne WARD Michaela WARD DEN 11 1 4 3 13 8 5 16 12 21/DSQ 16 110 89
7 Christina BASSADONE Katherine HOPSON GBR 5 14 15 4 5 6 17 21/DSQ 2 16 7 112 91
8 Vlada ILIENKO Natalia GAPONOVICH RUS 7 6 12 8 14 -17 13 11 11 4 8 111 94
9 Lisa WESTERHOF Margriet MATTHIJSSE NED 10 21/DSQ 1 15 4 10 7 7 19 12 15 121 100
10 Ingrid PETITJEAN Nadege DOUROUX FRA 8 3 5 7 7 -20 19 18 10 14 9 120 100
11 Yuka YOSHISAKO Mitsuko SATAKE JPN 21/DSQ 17 16 10 8 12 4 12 3 18 1 122 101
12 Maria FERNANDA SESTO Paula REINOSO ARG 15 7 11 6 15 -16 3 14 9 11 11 118 102
13 Jennifer PROVAN Nikola GIRKE CAN 4 13 17 11 12 7 2 -19 6 19 12 122 103
14 Jenny ARMSTRONG Belinda STOWELL AUS 14 12 6 14 11 11 10 8 13 9 -19 127 108
15 Stefanie ROTHWEILER Monika LEU GER 13 15 8 1 18 4 11 10 -20 15 14 129 109
16 Shelley HESSON Linda DICKSON NZL 6 8 10 5 17 -18 15 13 14 17 13 136 118
17 Fernanda OLIVEIRA Adriana KOSTIW BRA 21/OCS 18 19 16 16 3 6 15 15 5 6 140 119
18 Nike KORNECKI Vered BUSKILA ISR 21/OCS 11 21 19 6 13 12 5 4 13 18 143 122
19 Marta WEORES Anna PAYR HUN 21/OCS 9 13 9 20 9 16 9 16 10 17 149 128
20 Elisabetta SACCHEGGIANI Myriam CUTOLO ITA 16 19 18 -20 10 19 20 4 17 8 10 161 141

YNGLING
Pos Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Tot Net
1 Shirley ROBERTSON Sarah WEBB Sarah AYTON GBR 5 4 1 1 4 3 4 6 3 8 17/DNC 56 39
2 Ruslana TARAN Svitlana MATEVUSHEVA Ganna KALININA UKR 10 3 9 3 7 2 2 8 1 -16 5 66 50
3 Dorte JENSEN Christina BORREGAARD-OTZEN Helle JESPERSEN DEN 1 14 5 5 5 6 3 4 6 5 17/OCS 71 54
4 Annelies THIES Annemieke BES Petronella DE JONG NED 8 1 -13 8 3 5 8 12 5 4 2 69 56
5 Anne LE HELLEY Marion DEPLANQUE Elodie LESAFFRE FRA 3 2 -14 11 9 13 10 3 2 3 1 71 57
6 Kristin WAGNER Anna HOELL Veronika LOCHBRUNNER GER 9 8 2 12 1 7 -15 5 11 13 8 91 76
7 Sharon FERRIS Joanna WHITE Kylie JAMESON NZL 15 -16 3 2 2 9 11 7 12 7 9 93 77
8 Ekaterina SKUDINA Diana KRUTSKIKH Vladislava UKRAINTSERVA RUS 6 5 11 17/DSQ 14 4 13 1 10 12 3 96 79
9 Karianne EIKELAND Beate KRISTIANSEN Lise Birgitte FREDRIKSEN NOR 14 13 4 6 10 1 14 8 9 -15 6 100 85
10 Carol CRONIN Liz FILTER Nancy HABERLAND USA 2 10 16 9 15 10 1 15 7 1 17/OCS 103 86
11 Katerina GIAKOUMIDOU Eftichia MANTZARAKI Elena DIMITRAKOPOULOU GRE 12 6 8 4 6 8 16 9 8 9 17/OCS 103 86
12 Monica AZON Graciela PISONERO Marina SANCHEZ ESP 7 7 10 -14 11 11 7 12 4 6 11 100 86
13 Nicky BETHWAITE Karyn GOJNICH Kristen KOSMALA AUS 11 11 12 10 8 -16 5 2 13 10 10 108 92
14 Giulia CONTI Alessandra MARENZI Angela BARONI ITA -16 12 7 7 13 15 6 11 14 14 7 122 106
15 Paula LEWIN Peta LEWIN Christine PATTON BER 4 15 6 13 -16 14 9 16 16 11 4 124 108
16 Lisa ROSS Deirdre CRAMPTON Chantal LEGER CAN 13 9 -15 15 12 12 12 14 15 2 12 131 116

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