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IMCO Worlds Final Women
Posted On:  21/09/2003 21:58:24

 

History has been made.  Lee KORSITZ (ISR) has won the 2003 World Mistral Championship, and in doing so has not only qualified Israel for the 2004 Olympic Games, but has also made history. She has become the first woman from Israel to ever win a World Championship in any sport and she is still only 19!.  Lee is totally overcome with her victory and it certainly hasn’t sunk in.

Barbara commented afterwards, <I>”It was a bad race.  I blew it.”</I>  A past World Champion and triple Olympic medallist, Barbara is the oldest sailor in the fleet at 36, but has many years in her yet.  As she commented earlier in the week, <I>”There isn’t anything else I enjoy doing more.”</I>  Here also to celebrate Barbara’s success was her two year old daughter.

Whilst these two were battling for the Gold and Silver, Faustine MERRET (FRA) put in an excellent result of four to just snatch the Bronze from Jessica CRISP (AUS), who took the bullet in today’s race. Lee, who has only started competing on the international circuit in the past eighteen months had a dream coming into this Championship, <I>”My dream was to hear my national anthem.  Before I left my mother packed a flag in my bag, and I had forgotten about it until today.  I didn’t know I was going to be World Champion.  I was really nervous as the race was postponed.”</I>