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Finn & Yngling race 1 - Results just in

by Mark Jardine & Gael Pawson 9 Aug 2008 09:00 BST 9-21 August 2008

Shock defeat for Ben, Ynglings take a second

In the first races of the Olympic Games it was a case of snakes and ladders, with Ben Ainslie slipping from the lead in the first Finn race down to finish 10th. In the Yngling class it was a totally different story, with Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson rounding the first mark in 15th place and clawing their way back to finish second on the water behind the Australian trio of Angela Farrell, Karyn Gojnich and Krystal Weir. Their great rivals the Russians, finished a place behind in third.

In the Finns, it was the Dane Jonas Hoegh-Christensen who rounded the first mark ahead, but by the second mark Ben was in a familiar position at the front. With great boatspeed the Brit looked certain of a first race win, but as he covered his closest rivals downwind, Quindao delivered the sort of conditions many were expecting and the race order was flipped on its head.

The race was won by Emilios Papathansiou of Greece, but the good news for Ben is that his main rivals finished behind him. It just served to demonstrate that this year's Olympic regatta is set to be one in which nothing is certain.

Finn Race 1 Results:

PosNatPts
1GRE1
2USA2
3POL3
4IND4
5FRA5
6CRO6
7BRA7
8CAN8
9SLO9
10GBR10
11AUS11
12ESP12
13CYP13
14SWE14
15CZE15
16DEN16
17ITA17
18FIN18
19NED19
20TUR20
21NZL21
22IRL22
23NOR23
24RUS24
25CHN25
26VEN26

Yngling Race 1 Results:

PosNatPts
1AUS1
2GBR2
3RUS3
4FRA4
5CAN5
6FIN6
7CHN7
8GER8
9NED9
10GRE10
11ESP11
12NOR12
13RSA13
14USA14
15ITA15

© 2008 IOC. Official Results powered by Atos Origin. Timing and results management by Omega.

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