The finals of the Audi Laser World Championship 2012 got off to a good start yesterday with the wind showing signs of stability and in the sunny conditions there was not a single black flag disqualification.
Overall leader Tom Slingsby (AUS) had mixed results, scoring a first and a twenty-third place. However with his second discard he adds only one point to his overall score, bringing it up to 19 and leaving him steady in top spot. Croatia's Tonci Stipanovic improved again and is now in second position behind Slingsby. With a third and first place today a second discard brings his total down to 31 points.
Although it was looking good for Simon Grotelüschen (GER) who placed fourth and seventh, a protest from Ashley Brunning (AUS) and Marco Gallo (ITA) due to contact at the starting line was decided against the German and he was disqualified as the windward boat by the jury . He moves from what would have been an overall third place to seventh, making way for Tom Burton (AUS) who finished second and sixth in his races.
Sweden's internal qualification for the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition intensifies as four of the countries six competitors make the gold fleet. Currently in sixth place overall, Rasmus Myrgren is building up a 14 place advantage and 47 point gap between himself and fellow countryman Jesper Stahlheim, who is not giving up and in the last race managed a second place ahead of Myrgren at seventeen. Rather surprisingly Spain's Javier Hernandez, winner of the 2011 Hyères World Cup, did not make the gold fleet for the finals.
For some people who fared well in the lighter conditions the strong winds today resulted in drastic changes in the results, like David Wright from Canada. He scored mostly top ten results in the qualifying series but dropped to an overall eighth with a 19th and 50th place.
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