NEWS FLASH: SPAIN LEADS WOMEN AND SWEDEN MEN AFTER 2 RACES05 Aug 2019
NEWS FLASH ... full report to follow ... Two back to back races kicked racing off at the 2019 470 World Championships and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualfication event, after yesterday’s opening day was abadoned due to no wind.
After a 1 hour postponement ashore, the 470 Women and 470 Men Yellow and Blue fleets headed out to course area Sagami and contested two races each in the battle for 2019 470 World Championships medals and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification.
The light weather conditions and wave swell on the race track made sure there was no margin for errors as the 182 athletes from 29 nations faced off on the Sagami race course in Enoshima Bay.
Spain’s Silvia Mas/Patricia Cantero top the women’s fleet from a consistent scorecard of 3,3. The defending 470 Women’s World Champions, Ai Kondo Yoshida/Miho Yoshioka, were satisfied with scores of 10, 2 to end the day second overall on the leader board, on tiebreak advantage over Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler of Switzerland. The Swiss, who are attempting to secure their second Olympic appearance, launched their assault to seal their names on one of the six women’s nation qualification places with finishes of 6,6.
Precision teamwork from Sweden’s Anton Dahlberg Dahlberg/Fredrik Bergström in the 52 boat men’s fleet, rewarded the pair with scores of 3,2 to lead overall. Second to Hungary’s Balazs Gyapjas/Zsombor Gyapjas, whose performance in race 2 marked only their second ever career win at World Championship level. Their day’s racing places them in second overall and in a strong position as the brothers attempt to claim one of the four Tokyo 2020 nation qualification places. Pleasing the home fans, Japan’s Keiju Okada/Jumpei Hokazono are in third from scores of 1,2, on an 8 point tiebreak with the Hungarians. The teams in 4th and 5th also count 8 point scores, but the scoring gives the advantage to the teams holding the race wins.
Racing resumes on Tuesday 6 August at 1200 hours local time with 3 races scheduled for the Men and Women fleets.
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TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION
There are 19 nation quota places in the 470 Men and 21 in the 470 Women at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, of which one quota place in each event is automatically awarded to Japan as host nation. The first qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was the 2018 Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, where 8 nations qualified in each of the 470 Men and 470 Women. At the 2019 470 Worlds, 4 quota places are up for grabs in the 470 Men and 6 in the 470 Women. Nation quota places will be awarded to the best placed nations not already qualified from the 2018 Hempel Sailing World Championships. Click here to see the nations trying to qualify at the 2019 470 Worlds and find out more about the Olympic Qualification system.
Go to the online Noticeboard to find out about official notices, updates on racing times and course areas, changes to Sailing Instructions and fleet allocations for the 470 Men during the qualification series. The Sailing Instructions are online and copies are available at registration.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Live blog, tracking, results, race reports, videos and photos, will be available throughout the 470 World Championship on 2019worlds.470.org as well as updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The official hashtags for the Championship are: #470Worlds #470Sailing #470Life #Sail470