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18 August 2008, 10:42 am
GOODISON Primed For Laser Gold
Paul Goodison of Great Britain
Paul Goodison of Great Britain is on course for gold in the Laser fleet

2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Qingdao, China

Paul GOODISON of Great Britain took a giant step towards winning an Olympic gold medal with a superb display in the final three Laser races before Tuesday's Medal Race.
He missed a medal in Athens and has struggled to win major regattas, but his talent is unquestionable and on Monday Paul GOODISON (GBR) came of age, his 1, 4, 6 results all but guaranteeing him a gold medal.

"I nailed each start and I think just had patience. It was pretty shifty so you just had to wait for the shifts to come back," said GOODISON of his day's work. "I just held my nerve, took the right shifts and sailed really well today."

The ISAF World Ranked #3 skipper looks set to add to Great Britain's already impressive collection of Yngling and Finn gold medals and Men's 470 Silver. His results on Monday means he has amassed an 18-point lead over nearest rival Rasmus MYRGREN (SWE) going into tomorrow's double-points Medal Race. He just has to finish ninth or better in the 10-boat Medal Race fleet to secure gold.

"I'm excited. To come in ninth tomorrow should be pretty easy, but it's not over until the results are on the board," GOODISON said on stepping ashore late this afternoon. Looking back over the nine-race Opening Series he added, "It was a hard regatta at the beginning of the week and all the results were up and down but it was only a matter of time before everyone else had bad races and I came through and came good again."

MYRGREN and a few others will battle it out for the silver and bronze medals, including current third placed overall Gustavo LIMA (POR), Athens bronze medallist Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO) who is in fourth place and fifth placed Diego ROMERO (ITA).

"I think in the Medal Race I should put a loose cover over the other boats except Paul [GOODISON] because he is so far ahead. I want a gold medal, but the realistic medal for me is silver," MYRGREN revealed.

Early medal contender, Julio ALSOGARAY (ARG) started his day well with a second place, but 32nd and 16th places in the later races mean he has little chance of winning the bronze medal.

Competitors faced an average of 10-12 knot shifty westerly winds, reaching 15 knots at times, with a strong westerly current on choppy seas. Not everyone enjoyed it. Racing got underway on time, shortly after 11:00 hours. Forecasters say to expect 7-10 knots winds for tomorrow's Medal Race that will decrease during the afternoon.

Overall Results - click here

ISAF (source: Olympic News Service)
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