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Australian Sailing Performance Director Peter Conde was
impressed with Kennedy's performance in Hungary against
"Mitchell had consistent results all week and hopefully this win
will motivate him for further success at the senior level," said Conde.
Fellow Australian Jeremy O'Connell (VIS) finished 16th, with
Luke Elliott (WAIS) 26th, Ben Walkemeyer (WA) 65th and Thomas
Vincent (VIS) 76th in the 138 boat fleet.
In the Under 21 Laser Radial World Championship Ashley
Stoddart (QAS) was the top ranked Australian sailor, finishing
the event in 17th position.
Madison Kennedy (QAS), sister of newly crowned World
Champion Mitchell, finished 30th in the Laser Radial fleet after
posting some early top three race finishes. Anna Philip (VIS)
finished in 38th, with Emma Barton (TIS) 76th.
Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan
win 470 World Championship
Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan after crossing the 470 Worlds finish
Photo Thom Touw.
Australia's Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan have kept their
winning run alive with their biggest victory yet, claiming the 2013
470 World Championship in France.
On the one-year anniversary of Belcher's gold medal win
with Malcolm Page at the London 2012 Olympic Games the
30-year-old added another major title to his name alongside
new crew Will Ryan.
The victory extends Belcher's winning run to 17 straight
regattas, stretching back to November 2011, with the last nine
being alongside Ryan. Belcher also became the first sailor to
win four straight 470 World Championships, with 2013 marking
the 50th anniversary of the class.
"It's a bit surreal to win four World Championships in a
row and wasn't something that I had thought too much about
before," said Belcher. "It's unbelievable how quickly Will and I
have stepped up to the level that Mal and I had.
"It's a real credit to Will, I was quite relaxed this week having
been in this position a number of times before but this is his first
World Championship win," he said. "He was very calm during the
critical moments on the water and I'm really happy that I can
share this moment with him."
The pair went into the eight-boat medal race seven points
ahead of the second placed Greek team with the final race held
Mitchell Kennedy wins 2013 Under 21
Laser World Championship in Hungary
Mitchell Kennedy (centre) and team mates after winning in Hungary.
Photo Mike Leigh
in moderate conditions in La Rochelle.
"It was a good day on the water for us, to be honest there
was a bit of relief at the end of it," said Belcher. "We needed to
stay near the Greeks throughout the race to make sure we won
and fortunately they made a slight error at the start and we just
followed them out there. We both ended up towards the back
of the fleet which was ideal for us as we crossed the line sixth
to take the title,"
In the women's fleet Elise Rechichi and Sarah Cook
finished eighth overall, an impressive result in their first World
Australian sailor Mitchell Kennedy has won the 2013 Under
21 Laser World Championship in Balaton, Hungary, with light
winds making for a tough week of racing.
High temperatures and a lack of breeze on Lake Balaton
had the competitors battling not only each other but also the
conditions with Mitchell Kennedy from the Queensland Sailing
Performance Program (QAS) taking the title by 10 points over
Norway's Hermann Tomasgaard.
The light conditions meant that racing was possible on only
three of the six days, with just seven races completed. Kennedy
sailed consistently well all week, finishing in the top four in five
of the seven races.
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