Closely fought battle on penultimate day of 29er Worlds

Just nine points separate the top five overall in the 29er World Championship in El Balis, Spain as the regatta progresses into the final day of racing, but Italians Alex Demurtras and Giovanni Santi regain the top spot.

The Italians are four points ahead of Argentinian mixed team Dogui and Vicky Van Avermaete, closely chased by their country mates, Maximo Videla and Tadeo Funes De Rioja.

The wind on Day 5 of racing was from the east between 7 and 9 knots and with a late afternoon storm, two races were held in each fleet.

Siblings Hedvig and Hugo Liljegren have sailed a consistent final series, also putting themselves in medal winning contention, just eight points off the lead with three races scheduled on the final day of racing.

Sisters Paula and Isabel Laiseca (RCN Gran Canaria) are leading the Women’s, sitting in seventh place overall and top Spanish crew. They are ahead of the Irish team of Lucía Cullen and Alana Twomey, who lie in 12th position overall and second women. Third is now the Japanese Manase Ichihashi and Rinko Goto who are in 21st overall.

Racing is closer than the results indicate

In the Male Under 17 category, the Hungarians Soma Kie-Szölgyémi and Sámuel Juháez are ahead, in eighth place overall, the Americans Finn and Pearce Olsen second and Frenchmen Tom Goron and Mael Clochard are third.

Lucia Cullen and Alana Twomey lead the Female Under 17 category, followed by Martina Lodos Falcon and Martina Diaz-Salguero and third placed Boroo and Szonja Feher.

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