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Sono state pubblicate questa mattina le Ranking List del match race internazionale, le ultime del 2008. Grandi novità in campo maschile, dove Sebastien Col detronizza...

[singlepic=1127,250,170,,left] Match race – Southampton – Sono state pubblicate questa mattina le Ranking List del match race internazionale, le ultime del 2008.

Grandi novità in campo maschile, dove Sebastien Col detronizza il connazionale Mathieu Richard e diventa il nuovo numero uno al mondo. Richard, dal canto suo, è sceso al terzo posto dietro al confermato campione mondiale Ian Williams. Perde una posizione Paolo Cian, che dopo aver trascorso tutta la stagione sul podio, chiude l’anno al quarto posto davanti a Torvar Mirsky.

Tra le donne resiste incontrastata Claire Leroy, regina del match race da diverse stagioni. Nella top five entrano due atlete che hanno ben figurato alla Rolex Osprey Cup: la svedese Linda Rahm, terza alle spalle della tedesca Silke Hahlbrock, e la britannica Lucy MacGregor, quinta dietro la danese Lotte Meldgaared Pedersen.

Per consultare la classifica Open clicca qui.

Per consultare la classifica femminile clicca qui.

[ISAF Press Release] Sebastien COL hit the top in the Open Rankings as France maintains its domination of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings in the final release of the year on 17 December 2008.
France ends the year in the same fashion as it began, holding both top spots in the Open and Women’s Rankings, where Claire LEROY (FRA) continues to hold a huge points advantage.
The next release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings will be on 28 January 2009.

Open Rankings
Sébastien Col (FRA) replaces his French Match Racing Team colleague Mathieu Richard in the world #1 spot in the latest release of the Rankings, just holding off the challenge of Ian Williams (GBR), the newly crowned 2008 ISAF Match Racing World Champion.

Col may have lost out to Williams in his battle for the 2008 World title, but the Frenchman’s win at the recent ISAF Grade 1 Berlin Match Race combined with his consistency over the two-year Ranking period help propel him three places up the Rankings and back into the world #1 he last held in May 2007. Williams maintains his world #2 Rankings, just 40 points behind Col. Although the British skipper narrowly misses out on the top spot for the fourth consecutive Ranking release, he has a second consecutive ISAF Match Racing World Championship title to celebrate.

Richard drops from first to third in the latest Rankings after being on a receiving end of a Williams materclass in the knockout stages at the Monsoon Cup. Knowing he had to beat both Williams and Col in Malaysia to win the World title, Richard opted to face the Brit in the quarter-final draw, but his plan backfired as the reigning champion swept to a 3-0 victory.

With Col moving up, Italian skipper Paolo Cian (ITA) drops one place to #4, whilst Torvar Mirsky (AUS) stays at #5 after another impressive World Tour performance in Malaysia.

Women’s Rankings
Claire Leroy’s (FRA) reign at the top of the Women’s ISAF World Match Race Rankings continues whilst behind the French skipper there are two new entries into the world top five.
By Leroy’s own high standards her performance at the recent ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Osprey Cup was somewhat below par, with a third-place finish the worst result of another incredible year for the 28 year old French skipper. The 2007 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, also a nominee for the 2008 Awards, and double ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion looks certain to reach the end the year in the world #1 spot for the fourth year running. However, with women’s match racing joining the events line up for the next Olympic Sailing Competition, Leroy is sure to face a new generation of competitors joining the circuit in a bid for glory at London 2012.

Claire Leroy (FRA) keeps her place at top of the Women’s Rankings, completing a third consecutive unbroken calendar year in the world #1 spot.

Behind Leroy, Linda Rahm (SWE), Silke Hahlbrock (GER) and Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen (DEN) remain at #2, #3 and #4 respectively. The big change in the world top five sees Lucy MacGregor (GBR) continue her rise up the Rankings. After entering the world top 10 for the first time in October, this month MacGregor enters the world top five as she gain two places up from #7 to #5.

Top read the Open ranking click here.

To read the women’s ranking click here.

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