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London Olympics 2012 - Rockin’ and rollin’ Laser style

'Tom Slingsby (AUS) racing on day 2 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, which took place in June of 2011.'    onEdition ©

Forty-nine Lasers answered their first official starting guns in the 2012 Olympics, racing on the Weymouth Bay South course. Conditions steadily built over the course of both races, topping out somewhere around 15 or 16 knots, testing sailor’s medium-air-and-small-wave skills.

The usual suspects were at the top of the fleet. Australian Tom Slingsby, the current (and five-time, total) Laser World Champion and the gold-medal favorite, saw a dramatic turn of fortunes compared to his first day of racing in the 2008 Games in Qingdao, China. Guatemalan Juan Ignacion Maegli Aguero took the first bullet fired in the Laser Class, followed 27 seconds later by Slingsby; France’s Jean Baptiste Bernaz completed the top three. Great Britain’s Paul 'Goody' Goodison—who took Gold in the 2008 Games—finished in tenth place.

Race Two saw Slingsby’s fortunes improve, as the confident Australian took the bullet, beating out Brazil’s Bruno Fontes and Uruguay’s Alejandro Foglia Costa, who finished second and third, respectively. Goodison posted a 23, dropping him down to 17th, overall, while Slingsby’s performance slingshot him to the pole position after Day One. 'A bit different to my start four years ago,' reported a happy Slingsby. 'I am really happy—I got away well and a great day.'

As for the conditions, the super-fast Australian was more than prepared. 'I have done five regattas here in similar conditions,' said Slingsby. 'I knew that my speed would be fine and I [thought] I knew what the wind was going to do a bit and I knew what the tide was doing so I knew there weren’t too many crazy variables out there. I knew if I started well and got in my own rhythm I would be fine and I had two good races using that technique.'

Interestingly, today marked a complete flip-flop from the 2008 Games, which proved to be golden for the Brit and disastrous for the man from Down Under. Four years later, it appears that this will be Slingsby’s Olympiad, at least based on Day One’s performance. When queried in the mixed-media zone (where sailors can talk to the media once their boats have been pulled out of the water) afterwards, Slingsby couldn’t remember ever not winning a regatta after posting a strong results on Day One. Oddly, Goodison was 'unavailable' to comment in the mixed zone.

For his part, Slingsby was sympathetic to his fellow competitor’s first-day woes. 'I was next to him in the first race and I see him there and I am always going to push pretty hard. I think I am always going 100% but maybe every now and then you [put out] that little one or two percent if you have got someone you really want to beat next to you. Goody is like everyone else. [He] had a tough day today but he generally has tough first days and he bounces back really well. He will be there and I have just to keep in my low scores, but I’m sure I will see him come the medal race.'

The Laser Class returns to the racecourse tomorrow, with their medal race taking place next Monday (August 6), so stay tuned for more, as it becomes known.

Laser - Men - Overall Results

 

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

MR

Total

Net

1

AUS

Tom Slingsby

2

1

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

3

3

2

GUA

Juan Ignacio Maegli Aguero

1

10

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

11

11

3

CRO

Tonci Stipanovic

5

6

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

11

11

4

CYP

Pavlos Kontides

9

4

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

13

13

5

SWE

Rasmus Myrgren

11

5

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

16

16

6

KOR

Jeemin Ha

8

9

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

17

17

7

URU

Alejandro Foglia

15

3

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

18

18

8

BRA

Bruno Fontes

17

2

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

19

19

9

NZL

Andrew Murdoch

12

8

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

20

20

10

FRA

Jean Baptiste Bernaz

3

21

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

24

24

11

EST

Karl-Martin Rammo

7

18

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

25

25

12

AUT

Andreas Geritzer

6

20

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

26

26

13

GER

Simon Grotelueschen

14

12

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

26

26

14

ARG

Julio Alsogaray

20

7

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

27

27

15

SIN

Colin Cheng

4

25

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

29

29

16

GRE

Evangelos Chimonas

13
DPI

19

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

32

32

17

GBR

Paul Goodison

10

23

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

33

33

18

CAN

David Wright

18

15

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

33

33

19

POL

Kacper Zieminski

22

13

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

35

35

20

NED

Rutger van Schaardenburg

33

11

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

44

44

21

BEL

Wannes Van Laer

19

26

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

45

45

22

POR

Gustavo Lima

21

24

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

45

45

23

NOR

Kristian Ruth

32

14

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

46

46

24

ISV

Cy Thompson

24

22

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

46

46

25

CHI

Matias Del Solar

16

32

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

48

48

26

ESP

Javier Hernandez

34

17

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

51

51

27

DEN

Thorbjoern Schierup

36

16

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

52

52

28

SLO

Karlo Hmeljak

23

30

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

53

53

29

FIN

Mattias Lindfors

25

28

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

53

53

30

CZE

Viktor Teply

29

27

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

56

56

31

MNE

Milivoj Dukic

26

33

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

59

59

32

HUN

Zsombor Berecz

30

34

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

64

64

33

CHN

jian shi

27

39

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

66

66

34

ITA

Michele Regolo

31

35

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

66

66

35

RUS

Igor Lisovenko

28

40

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

68

68

36

COL

Andrey Quintero

40

31

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

71

71

37

TUR

Mustafa Cakir

43

29

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

72

72

38

LTU

Rokas Milevicius

37

37

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

74

74

39

USA

Rob Crane

35

42

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

77

77

40

TUN

Youssef Akrout

41

36

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

77

77

41

MEX

Ricardo Montemayor

39

41

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

80

80

42

IRL

James Espey

38

44

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

82

82

43

UKR

Valeriy KUDRYASHOV

48

38

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

86

86

44

MAS

Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy

42

47

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

89

89

45

TRI

Andrew Lewis

46

43

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

89

89

46

MON

Damien desprat

44

45

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

89

89

47

VEN

Jose Miguel Ruiz

45

46

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

91

91

48

THA

Keerati Bualong

47

48

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

95

95

49

KGZ

Ilia Ignatev

49

49

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

98

98

 

Legend

( ) - Excluded Score

DPI - Discretionary penalty imposed

BFD - Black flag, disqualification under rule 30.3

DSQ - Disqualification

DGM - Disqualification under rule 69.1(b)(2); not excludable

OCS - On the course side of the starting line

DNC - Did not start; did not come to starting area

RAF - Retired after finishing

DNE - Disqualification (other than DGM) not excludable under rule 89.3(b)

RDG - Redress given

DNF - Did not finish

SCP - Took a scoring penalty under rule 44.3

DNS - Did not start (other than DNC and OCS)

ZFP - 20% penalty under rule 30.2



Updated: Monday 30 July 2012, 20:05:38 GMT


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