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14 June 2010, 10:32 am
Croatians Triumph At Laser European Championships
2010 Laser European Championships
Croatian Stipanovic wins the 2010 Laser European Championship

2010 Laser European Championships
Tallinn, Estonia

The Laser Standard and Laser Radial European Championships & Trophy 2010 in Tallinn, Estonia came to an end with Croatian sailors Tonci Stipanovic and Tina Mihelic winning gold in the Laser Standard and Laser Radial fleets.
The final day started with slow shifty wind, blowing just two knots, but kept increasing reaching up to five knots by the second race. The Laser Standard class held two final races on the last day, managing to complete the maximum number of races - 12. Laser Radials sailed three races, to make up for the lost days racing due to lack of wind, completing 11 races in total.

In the Laser Standard, Croatian Tonci Stipanovic won his first European Championships title, beating Olympic and World Champion Paul Goodison of Great Britain by 10 points. European bronze went to Andreas Geritzer from Austria. In the Trophy score, Australian Tom Slingsby came third.

"I dreamt about it every day, but you can never tell for sure if this is day that you will become the European Champion. But I had a feeling this morning, did the best that I could and now I am the first Croatian to win the Europeans in Laser Standard," Stipanovic said.

Paul Goodison settled with the silver medal this time. "I am a little bit disappointed at coming second but that's just sailing. It has been a really tricky venue in Tallinn with the wind predominantly off shore, very shifty and quite big differences in pressure. It has been a difficult regatta, but we have been doing lots of racing and the best guy won in the end," he said.

In the Laser Radial, the new European Champion is Tina Mihelic, also from Croatia. Mihelic, who had been the leader since day one of racing, won by an impressive 19 points.

"I had been sailing really well the entire week and I had a good feeling for today. When we started the final races in the morning, I was leading by already 15 points, so I was confident and not under much pressure. I liked the conditions in Tallinn, nice weather, nice wind, and I was really confident as I had good speed, so I was just waiting for the others to make mistakes," the new European Champion Mihelic said.

Tina Mihelic the new Laser Radial European Champion

Silver medal went to Charlotte Dobson from Great Britain and bronze to Lithuanian Gintare Sheidt.

Laser Radial U21 European Champion is Chloe Martin from Great Britain, silver medallist Tuula Tenkanen from Finland and bronze medalist Mathilde de Kerangat from France.

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