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U.S. Women Fourth in 470

August 02, 1996|Times Wire Services

Kris Stookey and Louise Van Voorhis of the United States had a chance to win a medal in the women's 470 class, but they struggled to an 11th-place finish and dropped from third to fourth with 47 points.

Defending gold medalists Theresa Zabell and Begona Via Dufresne of Spain won with 25 points. Yumiko Shige and Alicia Kinoshita of Japan took the silver with 36, and Ukraine's Rusiana Taran and Olena Pakholchik won the bronze with 38.

Yevhen Braslavets and Ihor Matviyenko of Ukraine had clinched the gold in men's 470 on Tuesday and chose not to race Thursday, finishing with 40 points.

The silver medal went to John Merricks and Ian Walker of Britain with 61 points, one better than bronze medal winners Vitor Rocha and Nuno Barreto of Portugal.

Americans Morgan Reeser and Kevin Burnham finished eighth.

The U.S. Soling team, which finished second in fleet racing, faces a must-win situation today to hold onto the bronze medal.

Californians Jeff Madrigali, Jim Barton and Kent Massey lost their first two races to Russia in the best-of-seven semifinal series before a thunderstorm suspended sailing.


MEDALISTS / Yachting

Men's 470

Gold: Braslavets and Matviyenko, Ukraine

Silver: Merricks and Walker, Britain

Bronze: Rocha and Barreto, Portugal


Women's 470

Gold: Zabell and Via Dufresne, Spain

Silver: Shige and Kinoshita, Japan

Bronze: Taran and Pakholchik, Ukraine

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