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2008 Laser Worlds into final day

2008 Laser Worlds into final day
Date Released: 13 February 2008
From: Jodie Bakewell-White

The two top place kiwis competing at the Laser World Championships have retained their overall standings after racing yesterday off Terrigal, Australia. The title will be decided today.

Michael Bullot holds onto 5th place overall going into the final day, while David Weaver sits in 9th. Meanwhile Andrew Murdoch slipped from 11th place back to 14th.

Yesterday belonged to Australian Tom Slingsby who has snatched the lead back from little known Argentinean sailor Julio Alsogaray who left the beach yesterday with a seven point buffer. However Slingsby bounced back from a disappointing day on Monday by winning both races sailed on Tuesday to overtake Alsogaray on the leader board for the top spot.

With just two races remaining points at the top are close and the pressure to finish well goes on today with Slingsby just two points clear of Alsogaray. Javier Hernandez of Spain retains 3rd place overall and is ten points adrift of 2nd place.

New Zealand and Great Britain are the only two nations with two sailors currently in the top ten; add Murdoch to the mix, sitting in 14th, and the kiwis have three in the top fifteen. At this late stage Bullot is the one within striking distance of the podium however he has a twelve point gap to make up to the 3rd placed Hernandez.

Laser World Championships 2008
Overall Standings after Ten Races

1st - Tom Slingsby AUS, 27 points
2nd - Juilo Alsogaray ARG, 29 points
3rd - Javier Hernandez ESP, 39 points
4th - Vasilij Zbogar SLO, 47 points
5th - Michael Bullot NZL, 51 points
6th - Alexander Schlonski GER, 64 points
7th - Paul Goodison GBR, 72 points
8th - Nick Thompson GBR, 76 points
9th - David Weaver NZL, 79 points
10th - Brad Funk USA, 79 points

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