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Goodison hits back in Laser class

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Paul Goodison recovered from a poor start in the Laser class to end the opening day sixth in the standings.

The 30-year-old was 15th in his opening race of the Olympic sailing regatta - over three and a half minutes behind winner Julio Asogaray of Argentina.

But in race two, Goodison finished second after clawing his way back from 13th at the second mark.

Meanwhile, Penny Clark is in ninth place in the Laser Radial after a second and 22nd in her two races.

The 33-year-old Royal Navy officer, who clinched bronze at the Olympic test event in Qingdao two years ago, began the regatta well by coming home 33 seconds behind Belgium's Evi Van Acker.

But in the second race she was unable to break clear of the fleet and was over two minutes behind France's Sarah Steyaert at the finish.

The conditions were tricky out there

Paul Goodison
Anna Tunnicliffe of the United States leads the overall standings with nine points, thanks to a fourth and a fifth, with Acker in second place, two points behind.

Goodison has 17 points from his two races, 10 behind Andrew Murdoch of New Zealand who leads the standings after coming second and fifth.

"It is going to be a long regatta and you can't win the event on the first day but you can lose it, so I am just pleased I did not do that," said Goodison.

"There is no way you can sail conservatively. So much of it is that you have to react to what happens the best you can to put yourself back into it.

Paul Goodison
Goodison came fourth at the Athens Games in 2004

"Today was really just about getting into it. It has been a long time waiting and I would like to have started better than I have.

"The conditions were tricky out there but I have fought back and did not pick up any flags or letters.

"I thought I started well in both races, but the big problem is when there are two or three knots of difference in the wind from one side of the course to the other it is going to be tough if you are not in the extra pressure."

In the women's 470, the British duo of Christina Bassadone and Saskia Clark started the day in 15th place after being disqualified from Monday's opening race after a protest by Slovenia.

606: DEBATE
But they responded by taking third spot in race three and fourth in race four to move up to eighth in the overall standings, which are headed by Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson of Australia.

In the men's 470, Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield, the Athens silver medallists in 2004, climbed from 10th to fifth after winning race three and coming fourth in race four.

The British duo have 29 points, 12 behind the leading Australian pair of Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page.

Athens bronze medallist Nick Dempsey is fifth in the RS:X men's category after finishing third and second in his two races. Israel's Shahar Zubari leads following two wins from the first four races.

However Bryony Shaw dropped from third to fifth in the RS:X women's standings after finishing 11th and sixth.

China's Yin Jian recorded her third consecutive victory before taking third place in race four. She is nine points clear of Marina Alabau of Spain.




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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forGreat Britain 4 1 1 6
470 - Men's Two Person Dinghy 0 1 0
Finn - Heavyweight Dinghy 1 0 0
Laser - Men's One Person Dingh 1 0 0
RS:X - Women's Windsurfer 0 0 1
Star - Men's Keelboat 1 0 0
Yngling - Women's Keelboat 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forAustralia 2 1 0 3
470 - Men's Two Person Dinghy 1 0 0
470 - Women's Two Person Dingh 1 0 0
Tornado - Multihull 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forSpain 1 1 0 2
49er - Skiff 0 1 0
Tornado - Multihull 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forUSA 1 1 0 2
Finn - Heavyweight Dinghy 0 1 0
Laser Radial - Women's One Per 1 0 0
5 also show each event results forChina 1 0 1 2
Laser Radial - Women's One Per 0 0 1
RS:X - Women's Windsurfer 1 0 0
6 also show each event results forDenmark 1 0 0 1
49er - Skiff 1 0 0
7 also show each event results forNew Zealand 1 0 0 1
RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 1 0 0
8 also show each event results forNetherlands 0 2 0 2
470 - Women's Two Person Dingh 0 1 0
Yngling - Women's Keelboat 0 1 0
9 also show each event results forFrance 0 1 2 3
470 - Men's Two Person Dinghy 0 0 1
Finn - Heavyweight Dinghy 0 0 1
RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 0 1 0
10 also show each event results forBrazil 0 1 1 2
470 - Women's Two Person Dingh 0 0 1
Star - Men's Keelboat 0 1 0
11 also show each event results forItaly 0 1 1 2
Laser - Men's One Person Dingh 0 0 1
RS:X - Women's Windsurfer 0 1 0
12 also show each event results forLithuania 0 1 0 1
Laser Radial - Women's One Per 0 1 0
13 also show each event results forSlovenia 0 1 0 1
Laser - Men's One Person Dingh 0 1 0
14 also show each event results forArgentina 0 0 1 1
Tornado - Multihull 0 0 1
15 also show each event results forGermany 0 0 1 1
49er - Skiff 0 0 1
16 also show each event results forGreece 0 0 1 1
Yngling - Women's Keelboat 0 0 1
17 also show each event results forIsrael 0 0 1 1
RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 0 0 1
18 also show each event results forSweden 0 0 1 1
Star - Men's Keelboat 0 0 1

see also
Mixed day for Britain's sailors
11 Aug 08 |  Sailing
GB sailors impress on second day
10 Aug 08 |  Sailing
Where Britain's medals will be won
11 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Meet Team GB's sailors
11 Aug 08 |  Rowing
Olympics blog
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics


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