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21 July 2008, 10:07 am
SLINGSBY And MULTALA Triumph At Laser Europeans
Sari MULTALA took the European title in the Laser Radial fleet

Laser and Laser Radial European Championships 2008
Nieuwpoort, Belgium

Australia's Tom SLINGSBY and Sari MULTALA of Finland took the titles at the ISAF Grade C1 Laser and Laser Radial Europeans in Nieuwpoort, Belgium.
Tom SLINGSBY (AUS), two-time and reigning Laser World Champion has a five point overall lead after four bullets from six races so far. Paul GOODISON (GBR) lies in second place just one point ahead of Athens Olympic bronze medallist Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO).

Like SLINGSBY, Sari MULTALA (FIN) also has four bullets from six races in the Laser Radial fleet. She leads local favourite Evi VAN ACKER (BEL) by seven points, with Katarzyna SZOTYNSKA (POL) in third.

Paul GOODISON (GBR) finished second behind Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) in the Laser standings and top European finisher, winning the Laser European Championship title for the fourth year in a row.

Winds over 25 knots and huge waves resulted in the abandonment of the final day of racing in Nieuwpoort. This gave SLINGSBY, the reigning World Champion and #1 in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, the Laser title by eight points. SLINGSBY scored five bullets during the ten-race series to win by eight points, a perfect send off before he heads to Qingdao, China where he will represent Australia at the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition. GOODISON came in second, whilst Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO) completed the top three.

In the women's Laser Radial fleet, Sari MULTALA (FIN) recorded six bullets and led from start to finish. She was pushed all the way by Sophie DE TURCKHEIM (FRA), whose two bullets on Friday brought her to within three points of the Finnish leader, and ultimately earned her second place overall. Evi VAN ACKER (BEL), the 2006 and 2007 European Champion, finished third overall.

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