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The Volvo Ocean Race, before finish

Team Assa Abloy has taken its third victory in the Volvo Ocean Race having crossed the Leg 8 Gothenburg finish line less than an hour ahead of Team Tyco.
Eventually the positions in leg eight of the Volvo Ocean Race from La Rochelle to Gothenburg. was decided in the last two miles of the 1,075 miles race, as the distance between some of finishing yachts was about 7 minutes !!!

When the first five boats came into sight of Gothenburg, literally hundreds of spectator boats went out to welcome the fleet. Sailing fans fill the piers to welcome their local heroes the Swedish team of Assa Abloy.

Assa Abloy's victory has kept the overall winner of the Volvo Ocean Race open to the final leg from Sweden to Germany. If Assa Abloy wins the next leg, illbruck must not finish worse than fifth to secure overall victory.

Overall position of leg eight (pending protests):
1 Assa Abloy, 2 Tyco, 3 News Corp, 4 Ilbruck, 5.Amer Sport One, 6.Seb, 7.Djuice
Leader board total points:
1 Illbruck 54 -2 Assa Abloy 49 - 3 Amer Sport One 40 - 4 News Corp 40 -5 Tyco 40
6 Seb 29 - 7 Djuice 25 - 8 Amer Sport Two 11
 


2/6/2002

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