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13 July 2015, 09:14 am
Aruba, Germany and Spain Claim Rio 2016 Nacra 17 Spots
Nicole van der Velden and Thijs Visser qualified Aruba for a Rio 2016 spot
Nicole van der Velden and Thijs Visser qualified Aruba for a Rio 2016 spot

Nacra 17 World Championship
Aarhus, Denmark

The 2015 Nacra 17 World Championship held in Aarhus, Denmark from 2-10 July was the second opportunity for nations to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition in the Mixed Multihull.
Rio 2016 will see 20 nations on the Nacra 17 startline. Ten places were decided at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships with three further spots available at the 2015 Nacra 17 Worlds.

The three nations to qualify for Rio 2016 from the 2015 Nacra 17 Worlds are:
  1. Aruba
  2. Germany
  3. Spain

Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) won gold at the Nacra 17 Worlds for the third consecutive year following a dominant performance. From nine races the French duo took six victories and a third in the Medal Race sealed the deal.

Australia's Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin took silver whilst Mandy Mulder and Coen De Koning (NED) picked up bronze.

Click here for full results.

As hosts, Brazil automatically receives a place on the start line. Six places will be awarded via a series of Continental Qualification Events sanctioned by ISAF, to finish by 1 June 2016 at the latest.

The inclusion for the first time by ISAF of Continental Qualification Events in the Qualification Pathway is an opportunity to develop sailing around the world and reflect the IOC Qualification System Principles. Key requirements of these Principles are to ensure the participation of the best athletes and ensure universality through continental representation.

Click here to view the nations qualified following the Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds.

Click here to view the Rio 2016 Qualification System.

Daniel Smith - ISAF
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