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Becker-Dey Retains Second Place in Europe Class

July 25, 1996

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ Two-time world champion Kristine Roug of Denmark built her lead to eight points over America’s Courtenay Becker-Dey today in the Europe Class of the Olympic yachting regatta.

Dark clouds and thunder were rumbling toward the four race courses on the Atlantic and in Wassaw Sound shortly after the first of two scheduled races ended.

Weather had postponed 17 races in the first three days.

Roug finished first for the second time while Becker-Dey, Ore., placed seventh in the fifth race of the scheduled 11-race series. Roug had six points and Becker-Dey, from The Dalles, Ore., had 14.

A second-place finish by Margriet Matthijsse of Netherlands moved her only one point behind Becker-Dey as the fleet of 28 sailed in 13-knot winds.

The American Star Class team of Mark Reynolds of San Diego and Hal Haenel of Los Angeles, the defending Olympic champions, remained third after the fifth race in their class.

Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira won the race and moved to the top of the standings, one point ahead of Australia’s Colin Beashel and David Giles.

The world champion women’s 470 team from Ukraine, Ruslana Taran and Olena Panholchyk fell into a tie with Spain’s Theresa Zabell and Begona Via Dufresne with six points each. Americans Kris Stookey and Louise Van Voorhis fell into a tie for fourth overall. The race was won by Canada’s Penny Davis and Leigh Pearson.

Ukraine had the lead in the men’s double-handed dinghy (470), with Yevhen Braslavets and Ihor Matviyenko placing second for the second race in a row. Spain’s Jordi Calafat and Francisco Sanchez fell to second. The U.S. team of Morgan Reeser and Kevin Burnham stood 11th.

Brazil’s Christoph Bergmann moved to the top of the Finn Class with a fifth-place finish, building a one-point lead over Fredrik Loof of Sweden. Will Martin of Charleston, S.C., stood 22nd in the fleet of 28.

Lai Shan Lee, seeking the first medal ever for someone from Hong Kong, placed fourth in the windsurfing competition and moved three points ahead of 1992 gold medalist Barbara Kendall of New Zealand. Maud Herbert of France won the first race of the day, moving to a tie for fourth in the overall standings.

Nikolaos Kaklamanakis won the men’s Mistral to build a two-point lead over Carlos Espinola of Argentina. Mike Gebhardt of Fort Pierce, Fla., finished fifth, moving to fourth in the standings.

Robert Scheidt of Brazil jumped from fourth to the top spot by winning the Laser race.