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RS:X World Champs Update – Tom Ashley chases a medal in Denmark

Tom Ashley is in the hunt for a World Championship medal with the RS:X Men’s title up for grabs in one final medal race to be sailed in Kerteminde, Denmark tonight. Lying fourth after a hard fought five days of racing so far, Ashley is within reach of the podium. Team-mate Jon-Paul Tobin is also in the starting line-up sitting in seventh place in the top ten sailors who will compete in the quick-fire double points remaining race.

Here’s what Tom Ashley had to say at the conclusion of the penultimate day:
“I had a better day today. We only managed one race as the wind was very light and unstable, but I had a solid race to finish 6th.”

“This means that I go into tomorrow's double points medal race in fourth position, eight points from the lead and four points from third. It's all on!”

“There was a bit of shuffling on the leaderboard today- lots of good guys had a very bad race,” he notes. “I am looking forward to the medal race.”

Poitr Myzska (POL) holds the lead going into the final race on 35, with just a one point margin over second placed Przemslaw Miarczynski also of Poland, on 36. In third place is Israel’s’ Nimrod Mashiah in 39, four ahead of Ashley on 43.

2010 RS:X World Championships, 29th August – 4th September
New Zealand’s provisional standings

Men’s Championship (111 sailors)
4th Tom Ashley (1, 5, 3, 5, 18, 2, 27, 4, 6)
7th Jon-Paul Tobin (6, 6, 1, 2, 2, 17, 20, 2, 42)
82nd (16th in silver fleet) Antonio Cozzolino (41, 39, 21, 24, 41, 58, 21, 16)

Women’s Championship (66 sailors)
34th (1st in silver fleet) Kate Ellingham (11, 14, 16, 18, 20, 1, 3)
36th (3rd in silver fleet) Stefanie Williams (14, 13, 14, 29, 18, 11, 1)
41st (8th in silver fleet) Natalia Kosinska (28, 22, 27, 15, 9, 4, 11)
4th (16th in silver fleet) Alice Monk (18, 20, 22, 26, 25, 21, 16)

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