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Brazil Claims Gold in Star Class

July 29, 1996

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ A gold-medal showdown never developed between the United States and Canada as Brazil’s Torben Grael and Marcello Ferreira won the Star class today at the Olympic yachting regatta.

Grael and Ferreira, ranked fourth in the world, used a third-place finish in today’s race to capture the gold with 25 points. Hans Wallen and Bobby Lohse of Sweden took the silver.

The bronze medal went to Australia’s Colin Beashel and David Giles, who also figured to be in the chase for gold with defending Olympic champions Mark Reynolds of San Diego and Hal Haenel of Los Angeles and the Canadian team of Ross MacDonald and Eric Jespersen.

The Americans finished eighth overall in the fleet of 25 boats; Canada was 14th.

The U.S. Soling and Tornado teams posted victories in the first of their two races today.

Californian’s Jeff Madrigali, Jim Barton and Kent Massey moved into second place overall behind Germany’s Jochen Schuemann, Bernd Jaekel and Thomas Flach. The U.S. team trails by two points with one race remaining before the top six boats enter the match play phase Wednesday.

The victory gave the Americans a seven-point lead over third-place Great Britain. The top two teams get byes to the semifinals.

John Lovell of New Orleans and Charlie Ogletree of Kemah, Texas, won the Tornado race, moving into second place with 27 points, five behind Spain’s Jose Luis Ballester and Fernando Leon with two races left in the series.

Lee Lai-shan of Hong Kong celebrated the first gold medal in her country’s history by sitting out the final race in the Mistral class for women today.

Lee had clinched the top spot Sunday, and the only thing to be settled today was the silver, which went to defending Olympic champion Barbara Kendall of New Zealand. Italy’s Alessandra Sensini won the bronze.

American Lanee Butler finished 11th.

After clinching gold Sunday in the Finn class, Poland’s Mateusz Kusznierewicz sailed anyway, finishing 10th. Belgium’s Sebastien Godefroid won the silver with a sixth-place finish and Holland’s Roy Heiner the bronze with a second.

Will Martin of Charleston, S.C., placed 23rd.

Two-time world champion Kristine Roug finished eighth in the Europe class, but held a nine-point lead over Margriet Matthysse of the Netherlands.

Shirley Robertson of Britain moved into third by five points, displacing American medal contender Courtenay Becker-Dey of The Dalles, Ore. Becker-Dey was ninth in the race, Robertson fourth.

Nikolaos Kaklamanakis moved closer to the men’s windsurfing gold medal with a victory in the early race. The world champion Greek sailor had a six-point lead over Carlos Espinola of Argenina going into the final races this afternoon.

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