World Cup gold for Goodison

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Sheffield’s Olympic champion sailor Paul Goodison claimed gold on the final day of racing in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series in Palma.

His victory in the Laser class brought the British medal tally to eight and ensured a hat-trick of golds for Skandia Team GBR at the Princess Sofia Trophy event.

Goodison emerged on top from the fascinating showdown which saw him, World Champion Tom Slingsby (Australia) and fellow Brit Nick Thompson all effectively level on points heading into the final day.

He took the early initiative and kept his medal rivals firmly behind him for the entire race, finishing third with Slingsby and Thompson in fifth and seventh in the 10-boat race.

He said: “It was going to be whoever was going to cross the line first, so the only real option was to go and win the race.

“After getting round the top mark leading it was all a bit easier seeing the guys behind me and from then it was just about making sure I didn’t do anything silly and finishing it off.

“I’m pretty happy with how I’m sailing and to see me delivering under pressure. Fingers crossed for the rest of the season!”