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Germany Leads Russia, U.S.-Britain Tied in Medal Matches When Storm Hits

August 2, 1996

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ The only thing standing in Germany’s way today was a thunderstorm.

Germany had a 2-0 lead over Russia in the best-of-five series for the Soling class gold medal when a severe thunderstorm halted action on the Atlantic. The United States and Britain were tied 1-1 in the race for the bronze.

The British crew of Andrew Beadsworth, Barry Parkin and Adrian Stead won the first race and Californians Jeff Madrigali, Jim Barton and Kent Massey came back to take the second.

The second races ended with dark clouds moving toward the race course off the Georgia coast. Both matches were scheduled to resume once the storm ended.

The German crew _ Jochen Schuemann, Thomas Flach and Bernd Jaekel _ and the Russian crew _ Georgiy Shayduko, Dmitriy Shabanov and Igor Skalin _ both are seeking their country’s first yachting medal.

All four crews had returned to the course this morning to complete semifinal matches that were delayed Thursday by storms. It took only one race for the two finalists to advance with 3-0 victories _ Russia over the United States and Germany over Britain.

Though the U.S. women’s 470 class sailors didn’t get a medal, they’re more than satisfied with their performance at the Atlanta Games.

Skipper Kris Stookey of Darien, Conn., and her crew, Louise Van Voorhis of Webster, N.Y., had a solid shot at the bronze. But they wound up in fourth place overall after finishing 11th in the 470′s final race.

``We are very happy with our accomplishme42Germany Leads Russia, U.S.-Britain Tied in Medal Matches When Storm Hits

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By ED SHEARER

AP Sports Writer

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ The only thing standing in Germany’s way today was a thunderstorm.

Germany had a 2-0 lead over Russia in the best-of-five series for the Soling class gold medal when a severe thunderstorm halted action on the Atlantic. The United States and Britain were tied 1-1 in the race for the bronze.

The British crew of Andrew Beadsworth, Barry Parkin and Adrian Stead won the first race and Californians Jeff Madrigali, Jim Barton and Kent Massey came back to take the second.

The second races ended with dark clouds moving toward the race course off the Georgia coast. Both matches were scheduled to resume once the storm ended.

The German crew _ Jochen Schuemann, Thomas Flach and Bernd Jaekel _ and the Russian crew _ Georgiy Shayduko, Dmitriy Shabanov and Igor Skalin _ both are seeking their country’s first yachting medal.

All four crews had returned to the course this morning to complete semifinal matches that were delayed Thursday by storms. It took only one race for the two finalists to advance with 3-0 victories _ Russia over the United States and Germany over Britain.

Though the U.S. women’s 470 class sailors didn’t get a medal, they’re more than satisfied with their performance at the Atlanta Games.

Skipper Kris Stookey of Darien, Conn., and her crew, Louise Van Voorhis of Webster, N.Y., had a solid shot at the bronze. But they wound up in fourth place overall after finishing 11th in the 470′s final race.

``We are very happy with our accomplishment, but we won’t get any credit for it,″ Stookey said. ``This was our best finish ever in an international competition, so we are very proud.″

Courtenay Becker-Dey has won the only yachting medal for the Americans, a bronze in the Europe class.

In the women’s 470 Thursday, Spain’s Theresa Zabell and Begona Via Dufresne won the final race and the gold. They beat silver medalists Yumiko Shige and Alicia Kinoshita of Japan by 11 points.

Ruslana Taran and Olena Pakholchik of Ukraine got the bronze. They had started the day tied for third with the Americans, but pulled ahead with a second-place finish in Thursday’s race.

Zabell and her crew also won the gold in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Stookey pointed to Zabell’s experience, as well as that of some other top sailors.

``We tried to accomplish in a year and a half what Theresa Zabell has done in 12 years of sailing,″ Stookey said.

The men’s 470 gold went to Ukraine’s Yevhen Braslavets and Ihor Matviyenko, who didn’t even sail after wrapping up the medal on Tuesday.

Britain’s John Merricks and Ian Walker won the silver. Vitor Rocha and Nuno Barreto of Portugal claimed the bronze, their country’s first medal of the games.

Morgan Reeser, of Wilton Manors, Fla., and Kevin Burnham, of Coral Gables, Fla., were 14th in the final race, dropping to eighth overall.

Reeser was still questioning a disqualification for an early start in the ninth race of the 11-race series, a race the Americans appeared to have won before being dropped to the bottom of the 36-boat fleet.

``We would have had a silver,″ Reeser said. ``I’m happy I had one last time (in Barcelona). They can’t take that away from me. The whole episode was pretty depressing.″

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