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Sailing: Japanese pair in charge at ISAF world championships - Channel News Asia

Sailing: Japanese pair in charge at ISAF world championships - Channel News Asia

PERTH, Australia: Japanese duo Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata made a flying start to the women's 470 at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Western Australia on Monday. Ranked 10th in the world, the pair were the leaders after the opening two events in the class. Kondo, ranked first in the world in 2009 and a world championship runner-up in 2006, and Tabata finished third in the opening heat and then improved to win the subsequent race, giving them a two-point lead over the Netherlands' Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout. Top-ranked USA duo Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Farrar Kinsolving were languishing in a disappointing 22nd place, after finishing 28th in both races. Meanwhile, Israel's golden run in the windsurfing at the championships continued. Just 24 hours after Lee Korzits won the women's gold medal, countryman Nimrod Mashich set the early standard in the men's event. ...

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