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Echegoyen and Barceló, champions of the World 49er FX

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Updated:15/02/2020 09:43h

Spectacular closing of the championships of the World of 49er, 49er FX, and Nacra 17 in Geelong, Australia, of which Spain says world title for Tamara Echegoyen and Paula Barceló, silver for Diego Botín and Iago Lopez Marra in 49er, and a 6th place for Tara Pacheco and Florian Trittel in the Nacra 17.

The journey has been spectacular, with wind up to 20 knots and two races of fleet for each class before moving on to the final races, the Medal Race.

The Nacra 17 people could instal new round of final, with Tara Pacheco and Florian Trittel improving positions relative to previous days after signing a fourth and a fifth in the last races of the fleet. The canary Tara Pacheco and the Catalan Florian Trittel closed its participation in the world with a third place finish in the Medal Race that was worth to be classified in sixth position overall. The World championship has been for the british Gimson and Burnet, who snatched the gold to the australians Outtridge and Outtridge in this last day.

With Tamara Echegoyen and Paula Barceló (Movistar) in the first position of the table, only one point of the british Dobson and Tidey, reached the Medal Race of the 49er FX. With 20 knots of wind, the final was complicated with the Spanish and English in a never-ending struggle from the start line in a race of a heart attack. With Tamara and Paula ahead, the last stretch of the race was a test of control of the vessel and the nerves. Echegoyen and Barceló made a show of power and navigation, while its opponents –behind the Spanish – turned in the last stretch. Patricia Suarez and Nicole van der Velden (Group Profand) failed to reach the Medal Race, but also signed their names to a splendid final day with a 2-1, to climb from the 24th to the 14th position.

In charge of closing these exciting global were the 49er. Diego Botín and Iago Lopez Marra (Chiron Health) rose from the third to the second step of the podium before the Medal Race, and she put up a body-to-body with the austrians and germans, the main enemy of the spaniards. The pulse of what they earned Loot and Lopez Marra taking the silver.


Tamara Echegoyen: “We are happy! we just get the world championship, has been a championship super close, in which we had to give the best of us. You have to give the congratulations to the crew English of Charlotte and Saskia have done a huge amount of work and up to the last moment we don’t know who of the two was going to win.”

“I want to take the opportunity to thank our great team, because this would not have been possible without all of them”.

Paula Barceló: “thank you so much for all the support received from home, for all the team that is behind us and has taken care of this week. We are very happy and… to continue working”.

Diego Botín: “We are very, very happy. It is the best result that we have had since Iago and I sailed together, and the title more important thing that we accomplished; in addition it gives us great confidence about the work we have been doing and our performance in the face of the Olympic Games in Tokyo”.

“The Medal Race has been complicated because our race was against the austrians and germans; we had to ensure that there are no more than three boats between them and us to achieve the silver and we achieved it”.

Iago Lopez Marra: “it Has been amazing and we are happy; it is a great joy. Our best result in olympic year, with all the crews at full performance, just a few months of the Olympic Games. Now we have to keep working hard, we will train with the German team –with which we have a great relationship – and with that we make a good team to train at the highest level”.

Translated from ABC News https://www.abc.es/deportes/vela/equipo-olimpico/abci-echegoyen-y-barcelo-campeonas-mundo-49er-202002150939_noticia.html

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