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Americans Are Second In Three Classes

July 24, 1996

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ Second was a popular place for U.S. yachtsmen on the second day of the Olympic regatta.

Courtenay Becker-Day was second in the Europe Class on Tuesday, while defending champions Mark Reynolds and Hal Haenel were second in the Star division. The Soling team of Jeff Madrigali, Jim Barton and Kent Massey also was one spot out of the lead.

Becker-Day, navigator on America3 in the 1995 America’s Cup, held off Kristine Roug of Denmark to win the first race in the Europe. But she finished eighth in their second race and dropped to second in the cumulative standings.

Americans John Lovell and Charlie Ogletree were tied for third in the Tornado Class, but Americans didn’t fare well in four other classes.

Mike Gebhardt, a silver medalist in Barcelona, was 12th in the Mistrals and Lanee Butler was 13th on the women’s Sailboard.

U.S. coach Skip Whyte said Butler wasn’t satisfied with her performance ``because she knows she can do better. I’m always amazed at how consistently conservative she is, but then when she needs to make a move that’s dramatic, she’s always right there.″

Nick Adamson of the United States fell into an eight-way tie for last place in the 56-boat Laser fleet when he failed to finish the second race. He finished ninth in the first race.

In the Finn competition, American Will Martin was 26th.

Reynolds and Haenel trailed Brazil’s Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira by one point three races into the Star series. The Brazilians had a sixth and second-place finish Tuesday, but the biggest move of the day came from Australia’s Colin Beashel and David Giles, who won both races to move up from 11th place to third.

The German team of Jochen Schuemann, Thomas Flach and Bernd Jaekel used a fifth and second-place finish to move ahead of the Americans in the Soling races.

Lovell and Ogletree were tied with Austria’s Andreas Hagara and Florian Schneeberger. Fernando Leon and Jose Luis Ballester of Spain held the lead after two second-place finishes, and Australia’s Mitch Booth and Andrew Landenberger were second.

Nikolaos Kaklamanakis of Greece and Carlos Espinolo of Argentina were tied for first in the men’s boards with six points each. Defending gold medalist Barbara Kendall of New Zealand and Lai Shan Lee of Hong Kong shared first place in the women’s Mistral.

Fredrik Loof of Sweden and Hans Spitzauer of Austria each won Finn races, with Loof holding a three-point lead after three races.

In the Laser, Peer Moberg of Norway held the lead.

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