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London Olympics 2012 – Laser Class returns to natural order

by Rob Kothe on 4 Aug 2012
Tom Slingsby (AUS) competing today, 03.08.12, in the Men’s One Person Dinghy (Laser) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. onEdition © http://www.onEdition.com
Australia’s Tom Slingsby, the five times Laser World Champion and short priced Olympic Gold medal favourite, is back in the lead of the London 2012 Laser competition.

Slingsby had been second in series just a point behind Cypriot Pavlos Kontides. He had a tough first race today, sailing his drop with a 15th place. Kontides sailed a discard 12th, but Paul Goodison (GBR) now forced to carry his 18th, has effectively bowed out of medal contention.

But the world returned to normal for the Australian when he started well in race eight and only had to sail though Singapore’s Colin Cheung to take the gun.

When he came ashore Slingsby was obviously relieved.

'After the first race I had that sinking feeling that everything’s not really going right this regatta. I just wasn’t sailing well and my confidence was down.

'But after the first race I reset, knowing that if I do get away I’m hard to catch.'

And he was; fast off the line the World Champion was back.

With Kontides scoring a seventh in this race Slingsby now has a five point series lead.

By contrast the Beijing Laser Gold Medallist Paul Goodison looked shattered as he came ashore. After the first race 18th and a second race 12th the British sailor admits his 2012 Olympic dream is over.



1 AUS
Tom Slingsby
2
1
2
6
9
2
(yes14)yes
1
   
   

37.0 23.0
2 CYP
Pavlos Kontides
9
4
1
1
2
4
(yes12)yes
7
   
   

40.0 28.0
3 CRO
Tonci Stipanovic
5
6
(yes20)yes
4
3
1
8
13
   
   

60.0 40.0
4 SWE
Rasmus Myrgren
11
5
4
5
(yes25)yes
10
4
9
   
   

73.0 48.0
5 GUA
Juan Ignacio Maegli Aguero
1
10
7
13
5
(yes20)yes
7
10
   
   

73.0 53.0
6 GER
Simon Grotelueschen
14
12
(yes19)yes
3
7
8
19
4
   
   

86.0 67.0
7 FRA
Jean Baptiste Bernaz
3
(yes21)yes
6
9
19
11
2
18
   
   

89.0 68.0
8 GBR
Paul Goodison
10
(yes23)yes
16
2
4
9
17
12
   
   

93.0 70.0
9 NZL
Andrew Murdoch
12
8
17
(yes18)yes
1
7
13
15
   
   

91.0 73.0
10 ARG
Julio Alsogaray
20
 
7
 
5
 
11
 
12
 
23
 
1
 
(yes50)yes
BFD
   
 
   
 

 
129.0 79.0


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