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13 August 2008, 06:01 am
Consistency Pays For MURDOCH As Lasers Begin
Andrew Murdoch of New Zealand
Andrew Murdoch of New Zealand, overall leader at the end of day one

2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Qingdao, China

New Zealand's world #2 ranked skipper Andrew MURDOCH grabbed the early lead after day one of racing in the Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser event at the Beijing Olympic Games.
Andrew MURDOCH (NZL) posted solid 2, 5 results on a day that competitors described as tricky, frustrating and difficult. Waiting for stable breezes on course area A in front of the breakwater at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center, the first day of racing for the Lasers started after an hour's delay, with both scheduled races completed.

Reflecting on his day, the #2 skipper in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings said: "You had to be in the right place and get good starts. The pin end was best in race 1, but the boat end was better in race 2. It was tricky and difficult, but if you got off the line well, you held on."

Italy and Argentina also scored well on the opening day. Like MURDOCH, Diego ROMERO (ITA) did not win a race, but his 6, 3 results were enough for second place on a day when results were all over the place.

Julio ALSOGARAY (ARG) led race 1 from start to finish on the 'SoIdier's' course and made it look easy. His style was relaxed in the light 4-5 knot breezes, unlike others, whose facial expressions said it was a race for complete concentration.

The Argentine, who finished the 2008 Laser World Championship in second place, did not do so well in race 2. He finished 12th, but hangs on to third place, but on equal points with Gustavo LIMA (POR).

Further back in sixth overall, the #3 sailor in the World Rankings and winner of both Test Events in Qingdao Paul GOODISON (GBR) commented on his day: "It was really tricky in both races. The guys on the left [in race 1] got a 50 metre jump on the rest - and the rest couldn't get back into the game." He finished 15th in that race. Of his second in race 2, GOODISON said: "In the second race, you had to keep plugging away and wait for an opportunity to arrive."

In 23rd overall, double World Champion and world #1 Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) had what he described as "two bad ones". He now has a mountain to climb to get back into contention and cannot afford any mistakes in tomorrow's two scheduled races.

Overall Results - click here

ISAF (source: Olympic News Service)
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