POLAND DEFENDS TITLE IN 420 GIRLS, USA WINS WITH DAY TO SPARE IN 420 BOYS
Racing came to a thrilling climax in Auckland, New Zealand as all medals were confirmed in the finale of the 2016 Aon Youth World Sailing Championships
Yesterday, Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin (USA) wrapped up the gold medal with a day to spare, so today it was all about whether the Polish partnership of Julia Szmit/Hanna Dzik would defend their 420 Girls title and who would take out the rest of the podium place in the boys and girls fleets.
Poland's Julia Szmit/Hanna Dzik took out a second place finish, which was more than enough for the pair to successfully defended their girl's 420 title on a 12 point margin. The Polish duo were top leading in to the final race and never looked like coming away with anything other than gold.
Winning for the second year in a row, the Polish girl's felt they had something to show the world, "We proved that we are good. We won last year and this year helped to prove we are good,” Szmit said emphasizing her point.
Alexandra Stalder/Silvia Speri (ITA) claimed silver when they crossed in sixth and finished on 38 points. Although France's Violette Dorange/Camille Orion finished above the Italians in fourth they could not overhaul the points deficit and had to settle for the bronze medal.
420 Girls - Final Results after 9 races
1. Julia Szmit/Hanna Dzik (POL) - 26 pts
2. Alexandra Stalder/Silvia Speri (ITA) - 38 pts
3. Violette Dorange/Camille Orion (FRA) - 44 pts
4. Kathryn Hall/Ashton Borcherding (USA) - 46 pts
5. Camila Barletta/Micaela Del Pero (ARG) - 48 pts
6. Olivia Belda/Marina Arndt (BRA) - 48 pts
7. Sofie Schone/Line Theielmann (GER) - 52 pts
8. Courtney Reynolds-Smith/Brianna Reynolds-Smith (NZL) - 58 pts
9. Isabel Davies/Gemma Keers (GBR) - 64 pts
10. Carlota Hernandez/Ana Carrasco Solla (ESP) - 74 pts
Israel and Argentina were fighting for silver in the boy's 420 as USA's Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin already had the gold in the bag from the previous day. It was Ido Bilik/Ofek Shalgi (ISR) who took the silver in style from their Argentinean rivals Fausto Peralta/Martin Arroyo Verdi with a bullet in the final race. Peralta/Verdi had to settle for bronze.
420 Boys - Final Results after 9 races
1. Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin (USA) - 22 pts
2. Ido Bilik/Ofek Shalgi (ISR) - 23 pts
3. Fausto Peralta/Martin Arroyo Verdi (ARG) - 42 pts
4. Enrique Lujan/Pablo Lujan (ESP) - 45 pts
5. Edoardo Ferraro/Francesco Orlando (ITA) - 52 pts
6. Gustavo Abdulklech/Pietro Geronimi (BRA) - 60 pts
7. Robbie King/Marcus Tressler (GBR) - 65 pts
8. Nicolas Radovitzky/Martin Radovitzky (URU) - 82 pts
9. Alexandre Demange/Aurelien Barthelemy (FRA) - 82 pts
10. Maxime Bachelin/Arndo de Planta (SUI) - 82 pts
Italy claimed the honour of top-performing nation and with it claimed the prestigious Nations Trophy. Italy claimed the honour for the third time in the history of the award, finishing just six points ahead of Great Britain in second. The team of 14 sailors took to the stage, passionately singing their national anthem to hundreds in attendance. Great results from the Italian 420 sailors contributed to Italy's dominance.
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