Youth Worlds Closes With Prize Giving Ceremony
Published: Monday, 04 January 2016
The final day of the 45th Youth Sailing World Championships (Dec 27- Jan 3) produced some tense finishes as medal places were decided on the waters of Langkawi, Malaysia.
(Russia's Stefania Elfutina)
Lighter winds awaited the record 425 sailors from 76 nations to end a regatta that has seen a constant 20 knots throughout.
Russia's Stefania Elfutina managed to defend her RS:X Girls Youth Worlds crown as she held off Great Britain's Emma Wilson in second place and China's Xian Ting Huang in third.
Elfutina held on to her title with a third place finish in the final race and it was only after the day that she could reflect on her time as a youth competitor, "It's great to finish my youth career in such a good place with such good people around, and to win it is even better.”
Behind Elfutina was Wilson who left it until the last and most important day to move up to second overall and claim silver. With a bullet in the final race and Huang finishing fourth, it meant the two were tied on 28 points. The final race win was decisive for Wilson as she grabbed the silver via count back.
Isis Hoekstra (NED) took fourth, followed by Hong Kong’s Ma Kwan Chinga Ma.
While Elfutina was defending her title, the boy's RS:X winner, France's Titouan Le Bosq claimed gold. Argentina's Francisco Saubidet Birkner took the silver medal, with Brazil’s Brenno Francioli taking bronze.
(France's Titouan Le Bosq)
In the 29er Girls class, Finland’s Sirre Kronlof and Veera Hooka took the top spot after going in to the final race with just three points separating the top three of Finland, Spain and Denmark.
Denmark's Laerke Graversen and Iben Nielsby Christensen claimed second place followed by a Greta and Kate Stewart (NZL) in third.
Switching places after the final race of the boy's 29er were Slovenia's Peter Lin Janezic and Anze Podlogar came out on top in the 29er Boys division, with New Zealand's Jackson Keon and Nick Egnot Johnson following in second, with only a two-point difference.
The girl's 420 went down to the wire as Poland's Julia Szmit and Hannah Dzik and Australia's Nia Jerwood and Lisa Smith fought it out for the gold medal. The Polish team eventually pulled through with the Australians taking second and Maria Caba and Carla Diaz (ESP) in third.
USA's Will Logue and Bram Brakman went into the final day of the boy’s 420 with a guaranteed gold medal. The duo had 22 points.
(USA's Will Logue and Bram Brakman)
The silver medal went to Brazil's Leonardo Lombardi and Rodrigo Luz with 37 points. Ireland's Douglas Elmes and Colin O'Sullivan took third with 46 points.
The top three in the girl's Laser Radial finished as it started on the final day as Hungary's Maria Erdi claimed a well-earned gold followed by Germany's Hannah Anderssohn and Poland's Magdalena Kwasna. Hong Kong’s Jacqueline Truhol came in 34th in the record number fleet, which saw 54 girls compete.
In the boy's Laser Radial Australia's Alistair Young finished with 32 points, 20 points ahead of second place George Gautrey (NZL) in second place.
French domination continued in the SL16 class as Louis Flament and Charles Dorange had a perfect final day winning all three races in the gold fleet. The duo won every race of the championships, with the exception of a fifth place finish in their ninth race.
(France's Louis Flament and Charles Dorange)
Trying to catch them all week were Australian's Shaun Connor and Sophie Renouf who before the regatta had never raced an SL16. The pair adapted well to take a silver medal, but their tally of 26 points was no match for the French teams 14 points. Rounding out the medals with a bronze was New Zealand's Tamryn Lindsay and William Mckenzie.
The Nations Trophy was won by Australia with boy's Laser Radial sailor Alistair Young leading the charge for the team.
With a total of 303 points, the Australian team beat New Zealand in to second on 279 and France in third on 245.
This is Australia's fourth Nations Trophy and it ties them in second place historically with Great Britain. France are still out in front on 11 wins.
Last year's winners Spain dropped down to seventh.
(Australia's Alistair Young)
The 45th Youth World Championships closed with the prize giving and closing ceremony held at the Dewan Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre.
Youth World Championships Overall Results:
Gold – Will Logue and Bram Brakman (USA)
Silver - Leonardo Lombardi and Rodrigo Luz (BRA)
Bronze – Douglas Elmes and Colin O'Sullivan (IRL)
Gold – Julia Szmit and Hanna Dzik (POL)
Silver – Nia Jerwood and Lisa Smith (AUS)
Bronze – Maria Caba and Carla Diaz (ESP)
Gold - Peter Lin Janezic and Anze Podlogar (SLO)
Silver – Jackson Keon and Nick Egnot Johnson (NZL)
Bronze – Tomas Mathisen and Mads Mathisen (NOR)
Gold – Sirre Kronlof and Veera Hokka (FIN)
Silver – Laerke Graversen and Iben Nielsby Christensen (DEN)
Bronze – Greta Stewart and Kate Stewart (NZL)
Gold – Louis Flament and Charles Dorange (FRA)
Silver – Shaun Connor and Sophie Renouf (AUS)
Bronze – Tamryn Lindsay and William McKenzie (NZL)
Laser Radial Boys
Gold – Alistair Young (AUS)
Silver – George Gautrey (NZL)
Bronze – Daniel Whiteley (GBR)
Laser Radial Girls
Gold – Maria Erdi (HUN)
Silver – Hannah Anderssohn (GER)
Bronze – Magdalena Kwasna (POL)
Gold – Titouan le Bosq (FRA)
Silver – Francisco Saubidet Birkner (ARG)
Bronze – Brenno Francioli (BRA)
Gold - Stefania Elfutina (RUS)
Silver - Emma Wilson (GBR)
Bronze – Xian Ting Huang (CHN)