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23 Jul 2007
IOC News

From Cascais To Qingdao

The 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships came to a thrilling finale in Cascais, Portugal, with IOC member Barbara Kendall amongst the medallists in the 11 World Championship events. Barbara Kendall, also a member of the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission since 2005, went head-to-head with 21-year-old Zofia Klepacka from Poland. Kendall made a great start to the race and after the first upwind was in a gold-medal winning position. However, her young rival stormed back, eventually winning the race and with it the gold medal. Kendall won the silver medal and demonstrated that she will again be one of the leading contenders for Olympic glory in 2008.
Famous Olympians
Other famous Olympians who featured amongst the medals in Cascais were Robert Scheidt from Brazil and Shirley Robertson from Great Britain. Scheidt has won two Olympic gold medals and one silver medal in the one person dinghy, but has made the switch to the men’s keelboat event in his campaign for Beijing. The change of boat has done nothing to stop his winning ways, as he won the World Championship title with his crew Bruno Prada. For Robertson, a double Olympic gold medallist, success had more of a bittersweet quality. Whilst she finished with the bronze medal in the women’s keelboat event, her former crewmate Sarah Ayton led the other British team to the World Championship title.
45 nations qualified for Beijing 2008
In addition to the battle for medals, 45 nations qualified for a slot in the 11 sailing events at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The remaining qualification regattas for the Beijing Games take place between January and April next year.
Test event end of August in Qingdao
The eyes of the sailing world now turn to the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao, which will host the 11 sailing events for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Qingdao hosts the second Olympic Test Event for sailing from 9-24 August.
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