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7 August 2009, 01:41 pm
GOODISON Leads The Way At Laser Europeans In Sweden
Tom SLINGSBY of Australia
Tom SLINGSBY of Australia lies third overall

Laser European Championship 2009
Landskrona, Sweden

British Beijing Olympic gold medallist Paul GOODISON is continuing his unstoppable run of form with a dominant showing during the qualifying series at the Laser European Championship in Borstahusen, Sweden.
Ever since winning Olympic gold in Qingdao last August, Paul GOODISON (GBR) has been simply unbeatable. He won three consecutive ISAF Sailing World Cup events in Hyeres, Medemblik then Kiel to come to Sweden as the hot favourite to be crowned Laser European Champion for the fifth consecutive time. Despite a black flag in the opening race, GOODISON is so far living up to his billing and at the end of the seven-race qualifying series hold an overall lead of 15 points. New Zealand's James SANDALL lies in second place, just ahead of double World Champion Tom SLINGSBY of Australia, winner of the last two Laser Europeans (but as an Australian is not eligible for the European title crown).

Thursday brought another day with brilliant sunshine at the Laser European Championships in Borstahusen on the last day before the finals. The wind was light and fickle, 3-7 knots at the start but soon decreasing.

The seniors had a good first race. However, the second race was cancelled when the second fleet had just started due to a wind shift of 100 degrees after which the wind died completely.

GOODISON tightened his grip on first place with a first in the day's only race.

In second place is still SANDALL of New Zealand on 30 points, followed by Australia's SLINGSBY on 34. No changes in the top. In the other group Tonci STIPANOVIC (CRO) was number one and has advanced to fourth place with a total of 36 points. Javier HERNANDEZ (ESP) is still in fifth place with 38.

Of the home Swedish sailors, 20 year old Emil CEDERGåRDH is currently leading the way after another good day coming ninth and lying 11th overall with 51 points.

The weather for the two final days is predicted to be sunny with winds up to 7 knots from east to southeast.

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Rune Hallin
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