Thursday, August 27, 2009

Day Seven - Final Results Laser Worlds

There’s a new Laser World Champion. Olympic gold medalist Paul Goodison of Great Britain hung on in the final day of competition to take first place at the 2009 Nautel Laser World Championships on St. Margaret’s Bay in Nova Scotia.

Coming into the competition, the chief rival of 32-year-old Goodison was 21-year-old Australian Tom Slingsby who won the 2007 and 2008 Worlds. Slingsby came in 17th.

Michael Bullot of New Zealand took second, with Goodison’s country-mate Nick Thompson in third in the gold fleet. Argentinean Julio Alsogaray took fourth. Top Canadians were David Wright in 6th, and Michael Leigh in 10th.

"The final race was classic with Goodison and Bullot hunting each other at the start," said event manager Duncan Enman. "It was a mesmerizing dance along the start line as each athlete tried to outplay the other. Amazing sailing, amazing sport, as one would expect at a World championship."

Registration for the Masters begins Thursday morning with racing beginning on Sunday.