AmericaOne Report

Olympic Finn Representative

06/20/00

After securing his position as the Finn Olympic Representative for Sydney's Games with his win at the U.S. Team Trials in early April, Russ Silvestri (San Francisco, Calif.) secured his entry to the Games at the just concluded Finn Gold Cup (world championship) in Weymouth, England.

Except for host country Australia, all nations must qualify for entry in each of the nine classes (11 divisions) at the Olympic Regatta, scheduled for September 16-October 1, 2000. A qualification system to determine entrants, set by the International Olympic Committee and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), is based on Olympic class world championships in 1998, 1999 and 2000, qualifying approximately 30% of the entries, with the remaining 10% to be determined by an ISAF committee.

With an entry limit of 29 boats for the Finn event at the 2000 Games, Silvestri needed to finish as one of the first nine countries that had not previously qualified. He did so with his placing of 25th overall in the 89-boat fleet. The countries qualified to date in the Finn class are: Poland, Sweden, France, Belgium, Greece, Croatia, Great Britain, Czechoslovakia, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, South Africa, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, Turkey, Hungary, Denmark, U.S.A., Brazil, Russia, Spain, Estonia and Austria. The final three places will be assigned by ISAF in the coming weeks. (For a complete list of countries qualified, by event, visit: ussailing.org/olympics/2000Background.htm).

The U.S. has berths now guaranteed to the 2000 Olympic Regatta in all 11 divisions - Europe, Finn, 470 Men, 470 Women, 49er, Laser, Mistral Men, Mistral Women, Soling, Star and Tornado. - Jan Harley

For U.S. Olympic Team information: http://www.ussailing.org/Olympics/OlympicTrials

 

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