2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race
28 Feb 15
MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández/ESP) emerged victorious despite a pair of major setbacks in Leg 4 following one of the tightest-fought finishes in Volvo Ocean Race history on Saturday night.
Volvo Ocean Race
|Date of Birth||5 September 1984|
|Place of Birth||Sydney, Australia|
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Coming into the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Tom Slingsby knew the Weymouth and Portland waters better than anyone and with an unbeaten record at the venue he was the overwhelming favourite to take gold.
Determined to banish his Beijing 2008 demons Slingsby did not fail to impress and established his name at the top of the leader board from day one. Throughout the week he thrived under the pressure and three consecutive race wins gave him daylight ahead of the Medal Race. Comfortably seeing off his nearest rival Slingsby took gold in style to become the first Australian to win an individual Olympic gold medal.
Slingsby's road to London 2012 had been as impressive as his victory in Weymouth and at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship in front of his home nation he won his fourth Laser World title. His fifth, and third consecutive world title, came less than six months later in Boltenhagen, Germany. Slingsby was rampant taking four race wins from the first five races ensuring the job was done with a race to spare.
Further regatta victories came during the ISAF Sailing World Cup which further established his status as one of the best sailors to step into a Laser.
Gold medal - London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Weymouth and Portland, GBR - August 2012
2012 Laser World Champion - Laser World Championship, Boltenhagen, GER - May 2012
2011 Laser World Champion - Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, Perth, AUS - December 2011
#1 on the world rankings throughout the nomination period
1 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth and Portland, GBR - June 2012
5 - Semaine Olympique Française, Hyeres, France - April 2012
13 - Trofeo SAR Princess Soria MAPFRE, Palma de Majorca, ESP - March 2012
1 - Sail Melbourne, Melbourne, AUS - November 2011
5 overall - 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup
3 - Etchells World Championship, Sydney, AUS - February 2012
14 - Melges 32 World Championship Palma de Mallorca, ESP - September 2011