The starting position could hardly be more exciting: At the 470 World Championship in the Algarve, two German women's crews qualified for the medal race on Saturday at 12.40 p.m. Both teams thus kept their chance of only getting one Olympic ticket. After fulfilling the DOSB criteria for an Olympic start, a thrilling duel is now about which of the two teams can secure the long-awaited Enoshima ticket in the final spurt.
They were able to shine at the World Cup with one day's victory and two second places as well as a ninth place overall before the medal final: Luise Wanser and AnastasiyWinkel started together without squad status in March 2020 and, with the help of an Italian coach and the support of their club, NRV, went through the Olympic qualification prepared. On Saturday they sail for the Enoshima ticket
Theres Dahnke and Birte Winkel will fight for their Olympic chance in the medal final on Saturday. At the age of 22 and 23 you are the youngest crew in the German Sailing Team at this World Championship
Theres Dahnke and Birte Winkel (Plauer Watersport Club / Schweriner Yacht Club) start the decision as eighth after eleven World Cup races with 99 points on their account. The sailors from Kiel are only one point ahead of Luise Wanser and AnastasiyWinkel (100 points) from the Norddeutscher RegattVerein. Luise Wanser is not the only one who knows: "It's like tied on points." The scenario for the World Cup showdown is as dramatic as it is clear: The one of the two teams with the sail numbers GER 20 (Dahnke / Winkel) and GER 69 (Wanser / Winkel), which reaches the finish line first in the double-valued top ten medal race, qualifies for the Olympic regatta this summer. The last World Championship race decides for which of the two duos the dream of participating in the Olympics will come true.
Understandable joy after winning the World Cup in Portugal: Luise Wanser and AnastasiyWinkel achieved several top results in the first regatta of their careers together. In 2019, the 23-year-old helmsman had won the Junior World Championship together with her sister HelenWanser
DSV sports director Nadine Stegenwalner
DSV sports director Nadine Stegenwalner, who accompanies the German Sailing Team in Portugal, is also looking forward to the final with excitement. She said that evening in Vilamoura: "It is basically a strong performance that two German crews are in the top ten in the World Cup final. Both crews drove a great World Cup and have younger tax women who are now very good at senior level They can also be expected in the future. Whoever wins the final on Saturday will certainly represent Germany well at the Olympics. " The medal races will be broadcast live from Saturday lunchtime. The homepage of the World Cup organizers (please click) offers a live link for this on the day of the event.
A law student and a sports scientist in the same boat: helmswoman Luise Wanser and anchorwoman AnastasiyWinkel
They performed particularly well in the second half of the World Cup and were rewarded for their tireless fight with a place in the medal race: Theres Dahnke and Birte Winkel
The German 470 men finished the World Cup less happily than the two most successful women's crews. Neither Simon Diesch / Philipp Autenrieth (Württembergischer Yacht Club / Bavarian Yacht Club) nor Malte Winkel / Matti Cipr (Schweriner Yacht Club / Plauer Watersport Club) were able to secure the necessary national starting place for their discipline. The southern Germans finished the world title fights as 15th, the northern Germans as 17th. The strong sailing Swiss and Austrians were left empty-handed in the fight for only one free nation starting place for a European team. The Swiss Kilian Wagen and Gregoire Siegwart, who were disqualified with an early start in the eleventh and final race and missed the medal final, were hit particularly hard. The much sought-after starting place for nations was secured by Diogo and Pedro Cost, the Portuguese World Cup hosts. Under pressure, they not only prevailed in the fight for their Olympic dream, but also sailed for a World Championship medal in second place after eleven races in the final in their home territory. The front runners are the Swedish favorites Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström in the medal race on Saturday lunchtime, which takes place before the showdown for the women at 12 noon.
Defeated at this World Cup without luck and in the fight for a national starting place: the German 470 men Simon Diesch / Philipp Autenrieth and Malte Winkel / Matti Cipra
On the eve of the World Cup decisions, Malte Winkel had to solve a demanding, family-style task, who cooks for several sailors from the German Sailing Team in the team accommodation in Vilamour. Two of them are his wife AnastasiyWinkel and his sister Birte Winkel. Only one of the two can fulfill her dream of starting the Olympic Games on Saturday. The conciliatory message for the brother and husband with a divided heart: A family member is safe at the Olympics.
Thumbs up at Birte Winkel: On Saturday, Malte Winkel's sister is fighting with taxwoman Theres Dahnke for her Olympic start
Married to Malte Winkel and sister-in-law of her 470 opponent Birte Winkel: the experienced AnastasiyWinkel in Luise Wanser's boat