Marina Alabau leads Spain to top of ISAF World Rankings

May 28, 2008 | Windsurfing

Spain rise to the top of the national standings in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings.

Led by Marina ALABAU (ESP), who holds the world #1 spot in the Women’s RS:X, Spain now has five crews Ranked amongst the top-three in the world across the 11 Olympic events.

RS:X Men's Windsurfer

Przemyslaw MIARCZYNSKI (POL) stays top for the fourth consecutive of the Men’s RS:X Rankings, a bronze medal at the European Championship in Brest the latest addition to his trophy cabinet. However, world #2 Joao RODRIGUES (POR) has closed the gap on the leader, cutting the points’ difference at the top to less than 50 after he was crowned 2008 European Champion in France.

Behind the top two, Julien BONTEMPS (FRA) climbs up two places to #3 following a terrific month for the Frenchman. Since missing out on the Medal Race at this year’s World Championship in New Zealand, BONTEMPS has found his form and followed up a silver medal performance at the Europeans by winning gold in Medemblik.

It’s also been a good few weeks for the Netherlands’ Dorian VAN RIJSSELBERGE. A fourth place at the Europeans was followed by second at Medemblik to lift him up three places in this Ranking release to #19. His team mate and rival for the Dutch windsurfing Olympic spot Casper BOUMAN (NED) is also on the rise, up five places to #11.

Other sailors in this Ranking release who make good gains after strong finishes in both Brest and Medemblik are Andreas CARIOLOU of Cyprus, up five to #29, and 19 year old Elliot CARNEY of Great Britain, who climbs from #85 to #56.

RS:X Women's Windsurfer

It’s been a great month for Women’s RS:X world #1 Marina ALABAU (ESP), who retained her European title in Brest before taking victory at Medemblik. The Spaniard has held the top spot in the Rankings since February 2007 and on current form (she’s finished on the podium at every ISAF Graded event she’s competed in this year) looks set to be fixture there for some time to come.

Hyères winner Zofia KLEPACKA (POL) stays at #2 after a fourth place finish at the Europeans, whilst Charline PICON (FRA) at #3 and Barbara KENDALL (NZL) at #4 are also unmoved after winning the silver medals at Brest and Medemblik respectively.

Although PICON holds the higher Ranking, Faustine MERRET (FRA) will represent France at the Olympic Games this August. May proved to be a good month for the reigning Olympic Champion, who finished just behind PICON to win bronze at the Europeans and sailed very impressively throughout the week in Medemblik, only missing out on the podium after illness ruled her out of the Medal Race. MERRET gains one place in this Ranking release up to #5.

Also moving up are Blanca MANCHON (ESP), from #11 to #6 and reigning World Champion Alessandra SENSINI (ITA), who climbs two places to #8. Greek sailor Antonia ATHENA FREY gains five places up to #16. Bulgaria’s Irina KONSTANTINOVA-BONTEMPS also enjoys a significant boost in this Ranking release. She gains eight places up to #22 following a 16th at the Europeans and a seventh place in Medemblik.

Source: ISAF