Sailing, World Championships 2018: Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti WORLD CHAMPIONS! Crazy reunion, victory from phenomena!
The last day of the 2018 World Sailing Championships held in Aarhus (Denmark) gives immense joy to Italy, which wins a wonderful gold medal in the Nacra 17 with the crew formed by Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti. The Azzurri were the protagonists of an amazing comeback in the last two days of qualification in which they recovered eleven positions and took to the top of the standings on the eve of the Medal Race scheduled for today.
A final race that the organizers were forced to cancel due to the lack of wind that did not allow the smooth running of the race. The ranking therefore remained unchanged and the blue crew was able to celebrate an extraordinary result that consecrates them in the specialty of the after two excellent seasons at high levels, made of repeat triumphs, including European gold this season. The New Zealanders Nathan and Haylee Outteridge had to settle for the silver medal at only one point from the Azzurri, while the Argentineans Lange-Carranza Saroli closed in third place three points behind the leaders. Good 7th place finish for Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari, who have paid a decline in results between the fourth and seventh races that has ousted them from the fight for medals.
In the female RS: X the residual chances of a medal fade for Marta Maggetti who closes in a tenth and last position a Medal Race in which she has never been in the fight for the podium. The Italian finished the World Championship in seventh place with 108 points, 26 points from the third step of the podium occupied by the Chinese Yunxiu Lu. Flavia Tartaglini gains a position in the overall standings and closes the world championship in ninth place with a fifth place in the regatta the final. The victory went to the Dutchman Lilian De Geus, who dominated throughout the week and retained a 30-point advantage over the French Charline Picon, winner of the Medal Race and silver medal.
The male dominated the Netherlands and occupied the first two steps of the podium with Dorian Van Rijsselberghe (gold) and Kiran Badloe (silver), which contained the comeback of the British Holmes Martin (4th) and the French Loius Giard ( bronze). Mattia Camboni ended his adventure with a splendid second place in the Medal Race that allows him to overtake the Greek Kokkalanis in sixth overall position. Daniele Benedetti confirms his 8th place in the ranking with a final race finished in seventh place.
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