British laser sailor Paul Goodison settled for bronze at the London 2012 test regatta in Weymouth
Olympic champion Paul Goodison admits there is work to do after settling for bronze at the London 2012 sailing test regatta in Weymouth.
Goodison knows first-hand that winning is a habit. In the build-up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing he was unstoppable, arriving in Qingdao as the undisputed top dog in the competitive Laser fleet. So the fact that Australian rival Tom Slingsby, the reigning world champion, is showing signs of similar dominance must be a concern.
Slingby has now beaten Goodison five consecutive times on his own home waters – four times at what will be next year’s Olympic venue.
But Goodison finished his regatta strongly, with a win in the double points medal race securing his podium spot, behind Slingsby and silver medallist Rutger van Schaardenburg.
“The big pressure here has been just trying to medal,” he said. “That’s been the real focus because selection is in the back of your mind, and all the issues that come with that.
“Hopefully I can get that all done and dusted as soon as possible, and then concentrate on winning that Olympic gold again.”
British selectors are remaining coy on their plans for naming their London 2012 team, vaguely stating that it will happen some time between September and April.
“I’m not quite sure of the plans for Perth, it depends what happens selection-wise,” said Goodison. “Perth, in reality, is probably not going to mean much. It’s about getting the best you can in Weymouth. We’re going to go there as a learning process and try to get better for 12 months time.”
But beating Slingsby, who looks so at home in Weymouth, won’t be easy either there or here.
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