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Conclusion of Olympic Garda Eurolymp 2011 - Ashley takes gold, Williams takes medal race to finish 8th overall

The finals (medal races) of the Olympic Garda Eurolymp 2011, took place this morning with rain and blustery north wind (which started a 20 knots at 8.00 o’clock and diminished to 16 by mid morning).

This was the last stage of qualifications for the Italian crews and CONI Federation for the London Olympics 2012. The event, hosted and organised by Fraglia Vela Riva, Italy, Torbole Surf Club and Fraglia Vela Malcesine, was rich in races and winds up to the final day. The medal races for the 49er, RX: S 470 and Laser, started on schedule at 8.00 o'clock at Riva del Garda. It has been a long week with races starting from early morning, to take advantage of the northerly winds, to afternoon with the southerly winds. The competition finished with all scheduled races been completed, which is practically always guaranteed on Upper Garda due to its exceptional wind conditions. After the conclusion and success of Olympiad Alessandra Sensini in the exciting women’s windsurf competition, today saw results that went against the predictions of yesterday even if many races were still open.

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Tom Ashley of New Zealand won the medal race and takes the gold medal in front of Greek Kokkalanis, second in the medal race. Fabian Heideger of Italy was third today taking fourth place overall. In 10th place in the medal race Federico Esposito, who has already qualified.

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The medal race was won by Williams of New Zealand eighth overall. Alessandra Sensini was second in the medal race and wins the event 25 points ahead of Li Ling of China. In third place in the medal race was Greek Skarlatou and Laura Linares was fourth and took the bronze medal in a Eurolymp where she fought to the last race for Olympic qualification.

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