Young, wild and successful
Australia against Russia, young and wild against the experienced sailors: In the last two races of the Laser Radial Worlds, training partners again became competitors.
Caelin Winchcombe (Australia) did leave the bad previous day behind. He was fully concentrating on the current races and demonstrated that he could still fight for the medals. He managed to do so in both races. So he did win one after the other. "It was okay", he commented on his result. He simply had tried to win the race, and succeeded in doing so two times. "Today it was easier, because we had consistent winds." With his two victories on that day he managed to win the bronze medal at the Worlds.
Zac Littlewood (Australia) is the new World Champion in the Laser Radial.
Photo: Sascha Klahn/Kieler Woche
His training partner Zac Littlewood (Australia) did defend his leading position in the overall ranking and is the new World Champion in the Laser Radial. He went into the last races relaxed. "I am here to learn and win races", he said. In the second race he realised: "I am the World Champion That is crazy." He cannot really believe it yet.
Aleksander Arian (Poland) did squeeze in between the two Australians. "I knew, that I had to sail among the best five to win a medal." While he managed to do so in the first race, he crossed the finish line as the 15th boat in the second race. He had not given way, when he was on port tack and had to do a 360. "I had won the start, but then there was the rule violation. That happens", he commented. Because he can discard that result, he still made it onto rank two of the Worlds. "I am very happy." Especially, since he could not train that much and had to suffer from pain after an operation on his ankle.
His training partner and title defender Marcin Rudawski, who had a promising start into the day, had to cope with a disqualification and thus could not win a medal anymore. "He got his second yellow flag. I am very sorry for him", said Aleksander Arian.
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