Dramatic conclusion to Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships

Dramatic conclusion to Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships

Dramatic conclusion to Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships

Sport

20/07/2019 - 22:14

As it looked like Poland's Tytus Butowski and Australia's Zac Littlewood were poised to fight for the gold, their mid-fleet match race opened the door for others to steal gold. Turkey's Yigit Yalcin Citak seized an opportunity and claimed a gold from almost nowhere.

Littlewood and Butowski ended up locked on 63 points with the Australian claimed silver having won two races across the nine race series. Butowski, a resident of Gdynia, settled for bronze but it could have easily been gold.

Nine World Champions were crowned on Gdansk Bay as a week of racing that's featured something for everyone concluded.

The Boy's and Girl's 420 titles were confirmed the day prior with Seb Menzies and Blake McGlashan (NZL) and Madeline Hawkins and Yumi Yoshiyasu (USA) claiming the titles. The Nacra 15 gold had also been decided with Will Cooley and Rebecca Hancock (AUS) sealing the deal after a consistent performance.

Competition was wide open for medals in the remaining six fleets but gold medals went to Mathias Berthet and Alexander Franks-Penty (NOR) in the Boy's 29er, Berta Puig and Isabella Casaretto (USA) in the Girl's 29er, Turkey's Citak and Italy's Chiara Benini Floriani in the Laser Radial fleets and Fabien Pianazza (FRA) and Linoy Geva (ISR) in the RS:X.

The opening ceremony will take place at 19:00 local time.

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