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Third Laser World Title for Slingsby

With a fourteenth from a dramatic, blustery 14th and final race off England's Hayling Island Australia's Tom Slingsby clinched his third Laser World Champion title in four years ahead of Skandia Team GBR's Nick Thompson who took silver.
The title finale saw the strongest winds so far of the seven day regatta, gusting up to 23 knots kicking up the big waves that Hayling Bay is renowned for. By winning the final dramatic blustery race New Zealand's Andrew Murdoch secured his second World Championships bronze medal of his career.
There were heart-stopping times for both Slingsby and Thompson during the final race when both capsized on consecutive legs, early in the final race. Slingsby is delighted to have returned to the top of the class after a disappointing 2008 Olympics where he finished 22nd and sailing to a modest 17th at the worlds last year.
On his 26th Birthday, today his journey back from despair seems to be on course. It is also his second world title in as many weeks, after winning the Etchells worlds title last week on Dublin Bay crewing in the Etchells with America's Cup legend John Bertrand.
Laser World Championships, Hayling Island, England.
Standard Senior
1. Tom Slingsby, AUS, 50 points
2. Nick Thomspon, GBR, 86
3. Andrew Murdoch, NZL, 96
4. Julio Alsogaray, ARG, 109
5. Pavlos Kontides, CYP, 112
1. Thorbjoern Schierup, DEN, 35 points
2. Francesco Marrai, ITA, 40
3. Alex Mills-Barton, GBR, 53
4. Kachper Zieminski, POL, 75
5. Filip Jurisic, CRO, 77
Full results: www.laserworlds2010.co.uk

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