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by Ian Grant. on 23 Sep 2000
Rachel Nahum
Darren Bundock and John Forbes retained Australia's top ranking in the demanding sport of Olympic Tornado catamaran class racing when they won the Silver Medal on Sydney Harbour today.

Forbes winner of the Bronze Medal in Barcelona with skipper Mitch Booth was naturally impressed with the way he and skipper Bundock fought back to finish third after being in 12th place at the first mark.

They needed to finish in the top seven to place the silver medal beyond reach after the Austrian crew of Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher won the Gold Medal with two races to spare yesterday.

American's John Lovell and Charle Ogletree gained their best result in the regatta when they fought off a late race charge from the German crew of Roland Gaebler and Rene Schwall to score a deserved win while the Australian crew powered back to finish third.

There was elation in the Australian camp with veteran coach Mike Fletcher involved with another major Olympic sailing medal victory for the National Tornado catamaran crews who have won Bronze at Barcelona, Silver at Savannah and now Silver in Sydney.

RESULTS Race 10 (Provisional): USA 1, GER 2, AUS 3, NZL 4, ESP 5, BRA 6, FRA 7, GBR 8, SWE 9, POR 10. Progressive Pts: AUT (Gold Medal) 12pts 1, AUS (Silver Medal) 25pts 2, GER 23 3, FRA 36 4, NZL 41 5, USA 43 6, GBR 51 7, PUR 53 8, ESP 57 9, ARG

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