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Olympic sailing duo rocket up world rankings
- Updated: December 20, 2012
┬áBy Mark Etheridge
Our Olympic class sailors, Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson, will celebrate the festive season in joyous style this year.
That’s because their second overall placing at Sail Melbourne, Australia, the first leg of the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup, earlier this month, sees them holding down their highest ranking in the world standings to date.
The Cape Town duo’s progress has been nothing short of remarkable, a true tale of from rags to riches.
The two only teamed up in May, 2011 and in the space of a year had managed to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
When they started out on their journey they were ranked as low as 212 on the ISAF 470 Olympic class rankings. They now find themselves 27th in the world.
When they competed in Weymouth at the Olympics, their world ranking was 47th and the ended 27th at the Games.
The world rankings list has only seen them slide backwards on two occasions, going from 46th to 47th in May/June 2012 and then from 47th to 48th in June/August.
Their biggest progress came in June/July 2011 when they went from 212th to 140th. Since the Olympics they’ve gone from 48th to 38th, to 37th and now on to 27th.