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Medals Decided On The Final Day At The Trofeo S.A.R. Princess Sofia MAPFRE - Ashley grabs silver in RS:X

Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE
Palma, Spain
Despite a shocker day one at the regatta for Tom Ashley, he vowed to come back, and was true to his word standing on the podium for the silver medal five days later.

“I finished the medal race third and ended up second in the final standings,” says Ashley. “My strategy going into the race was to keep a bit of an eye on the guys behind me and to have as good a race as possible. As it happened, the British sailor who was in second going into today had a terrible race, finishing last and gifting me the silver medal.”

“Overall I'm really happy to have come away from this event with such a good result,” says Ashley for whom this event was a return to top level international competition. “From here our little team travels back to Spain for a week of training and equipment testing in Murcia, then to Hyeres in France for the second World Cup event.”

The medals have been decided at the 42nd Trofeo S.A.R. Princess Sofia MAPFRE in Palma, the third of seven regattas on the ISAF Sailing World Cup series.
The Finn Medal Race was the first to start and finish in Palma. Ben Ainslie (GBR) went into the race with a 14 point advantage over Giles Scott (GBR), and he did not give his compatriot any chance as he claimed the bullet in the Medal Race.

Scott finished third in the Medal Race to secure the silver medal. Thomas Le Breton (FRA) came fifth in the Medal Race to seal the bronze medal.

Ainslie's victory today means he now leads Scott by two points in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Finn Standings.

In the 49er Dyen Manu and Christidis Stephane (FRA) came sixth in the Medal Race and nearest rivals Pietro Sibello and Gianfranco Sibello (ITA) finished fourth. But the French duo had enough of an advantage to claim the gold medal by a comfortable margin of six points.

Nico Delle - Karth and Nikolaus Resch (DEN) finished third in the Medal Race and finished two points ahead ofPeter Kruger-Andersen and Nicolai Thorsell (DEN) to pick up the bronze medal.

Sara Winther (FRA) put in a strong performance in the Laser Radial to win the gold medal. She came third in the today's Medal Race. Her cumulative total of 63 points gave her a three point victory over Evi Van Acker (BEL) who came second today.

Lithuania's Gintare Scheidt had an excellent end to the regatta. She finished 1-2 on the penultimate day and today's bullet in the Medal Race meant that she won the bronze medal. There were disappointing ends to the regatta for Veronika Fenclova (CZE) and Marit Bouwmeester who finished towards the back of the fleet in the Medal Race, but the day belonged to Winther, Van Acker and standout performer Scheidt.
In the women's 470 Jo Aleh and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher (NZL) won gold today after finishing fourth in the medal for a point's total of 64. Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata (JPN) finished one place behind the Kiwis in the Medal Race and picked up the silver medal.

The Japanese duo lead the 470 standings for the majority of the week but a disappointing penultimate day for them handed the initiative to the New Zealanders who finished the job today and won by ten points. Israel's Gil Cohen and Bouskila Vered won the bronze medal.

Only two points separated the three front runners in the Laser heading into the Medal Race. Whoever finished ahead between Paul Goodison (GBR), Tom Slingsby (AUS) and Nick Thompson (GBR) would win the gold medal.

And it was Goodison that finished in front of his nearest rivals. His third place finish in the Medal Race gave him a points total of 44. Slingsby finished fifth in the Medal Race, he ended on 47 points and Thompson came a disappointing seventh, but his 53 points were enough to give him the bronze medal.

Marina Alabau (ESP) has been in great form all week in the women's RS:X and she capped off a great week with a second place finish in the Medal Race to end with 24 points and a winning margin of 17 points.

Ricard Eugenie (FRA) won the Medal Race but she finished seventh overall. Compatriot Charline Picon claimed silver and Alessandra Sensini (ITA) picked up the bronze.

In the men's RS:X Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) has been in similar form to Alabau throughout the week and won the gold medal by 18 points.

Nick Dempsey (GBR), who had been pushing van Rijsselberge hard all week, had a frustrating final day and finished last in the Medal Race. He looked to have a silver medal all sewn up heading into the Medal Race but Tom Ashley (NZL) came third to leapfrog Dempsey and grab the silver medal. Dempsey had to settle with bronze. Kiwi Antonio Cozzolino finshed 20th in a fleet of 66. In the womens fleet Steffanie Williams was the only kiwi and finished 31st in a fleet of 44.

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