Spain wins world title in 420 – Diario diariOnline Southern Region

Spain wins world title in 420 - Diario diariOnline Southern Region

Martin Wizner and Pedro Ameneiro benefited from different wind conditions and became world champions in Vilamoura. In women, the British Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle won the world title and in the category Under 17 the Greeks Odysseas Spanakis and Konstaninos Michalopoulos proved invincible.

The Spanish sailors Martin Wizner and Pedro Ameneiro were crowned this Thursday 420 world champions in Vilamoura.

On the final day of the finals, when the wind conditions changed radically in the early days of the races, the Spanish duo – who had achieved the bronze in the last few world championships – was able to dethrone Dominic Seb Menzis and Blake McGlashan. has been at the top of the overall standings since the start of the competition.

In both races, Wizner and Ameneiro achieved a 1st and a 9th place, while the New Zealanders, world champions in 2018, achieved a 10th and a 19th place.

"We came to this day without any pressure, because we had nothing to lose. In the first race we managed to get closer to points in the first place and in the second we saw that we could also win against our opponents [neozelandeses] and we ended up being lucky because there were no more races and we finished with the title, "Martin Wizner said.

In third position of the general, it was another Spanish pair: Conrad Konitzer and Fernando Rodriguez.

Also the Portuguese duo Luís Niza and Paulo Baptista (Clube Náutico de Tavira) who had been showing a lot of consistency of results in the previous eight races and appeared at the entrance of this last day of finals in the 4th position of the general classification (with the same points of the 3rd place) , became a victim of changing wind conditions. They achieved in both races of the day two 18th places and thus descended to the 9th position of the overall classification.

In the women's category, the British Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle – despite a brighter day with an 18th and a 13th position in both races of the day – were able to hold the lead and win the championship of the world.

"I can not believe we got it, the truth is that the Italian duo today was very good, many congratulations to them, but after five years trying to finally achieve it, it's an excellent feeling," rejoiced new champion Milly Boyle.

In the second place of the general were the Italians Irene Calici and Petra Gregori, who managed to rise to 2nd with an excellent performance: they obtained a 2nd and 3rd place in the two races held and thus overcame the Greek Melina Pappa and Maria Tsamopolou, in the 3rd of the general (6th and 5th places).

The best ranked Portuguese duo of the category was that of Rita Lopes / Matilde Cruz (Clube Naval de Cascais), in 17th place.

In the Under 17 category, the Greeks Odysseas Spanakis and Konstaninos Michalopoulos maintained their dominance since the start of the competition and won the title after an 8th and 4th place in the last two races out of a total of ten.

"After last year we were in second place, this year we managed to stay in the first, despite an incident with a protest, we came back stronger and we got the title, so we are very happy," said Michalopoulos Konstaninos after the conquest.

The second position of the category was maintained by the French duo Ange Delerce / Thimothee Rossi and the third one was secured by the Spaniards Alberto Morales and Miguel Bethencourt.

According to the director of the event, Nuno Reis, "this 420 World Championship in Vilamoura was the second largest in the class, with 11 fantastic days, lots of sun, long days and excellent feedback from sailors and coaches."



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