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ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS | Sport-By-Sport Report : YACHTING

Bad Weather Forces Cuts in Racing

July 25, 1996|From Times Wire Services

After the morning session, an afternoon storm cut short racing in half of the eight classes at Savannah, Ga.

One of those that got in two races was the Europes, in which American Courtenay Becker-Dey retained her hold on second place by finishing second and fourth. She trails two-time world champion Kristine Roug of Denmark by two points.

In the Lasers, Stefan Warkalla of Germany held the overall lead, followed by Norway's Peer Moberg.

Kris Stookey and Louise Van Voorhis of the United States were second in the women's 470 class, although they were almost four minutes behind Rusiana Taran and Olena Pakholchik of the Ukraine.

Nick Adamson of Newport Beach finished 13th and seventh in his Laser races, lifting him from 25th to 12th.

Mark Reynolds, of San Diego, and Hal Haenel, of Los Angeles, fell from second to third overall after a pair of fifth-place finishes, but they remain in position to challenge for their second consecutive gold medal.

Colin Beashel and David Giles of Australia lead the Stars division.

In the men's 470, defending gold medalist Jordi Calafat and Francisco Sanchez of Spain breezed to a 30-second victory over Yevhen Braslavets and Ihor Matviyenko of the Ukraine.

Lanee Butler's medal hopes just about ended when the women's Mistral skipper from Aliso Viejo, finished 19th and seventh in her two races.

There was a tie for first in the class between Lai Shan Lee, bidding to win Hong Kong's first medal ever, and Barcelona gold medalist Barbara Kendall of New Zealand.

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