Slingsby wins twice, tops Lasers at sailing worlds

Associated Press

FREMANTLE, Australia (AP) — Three-time Laser world champion Tom Slingsby of Australia won twice to take the overall lead in his title defense at the sailing world championships on Tuesday.

Slingsby appeared to slip well behind at the start of his first race, but read the light breezes perfectly to dodge his way back through the field and win by 30 seconds.

Britain's Paul Goodison was second overall after four heats, recovering from fourth place in his first race of the day to finish with a win. Germany's Simon Groteluschen was in joint third overall with Britain's Nick Thompson.

Monday's leader Jesper Stalheim of Sweden had a horror start to the day, finish 26th in his first race to slip to 19th overall.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robert Scheidt and crewmate Bruno Prada of Brazil came second in both of their heats to lead the Star keelboat after six races. Poland's Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki share second place with Americans Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Faith.

Peter Kruger Anderson and Niccolai Thorsell of Denmark overtook countrymen Jonas Warrer and Soeren Hansen to lead the 49er skiff class after six races.

Andersen and Thorsell won their final race of the day to take a three-point lead over Americans Erik Storck and Trevor Moore, and Monday's joint leaders Warrer and Hansen.

Monday's other co-leaders, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand, were in fourth.

Britain's Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes were sole leaders after three races in the 470 women's dinghy class, two points ahead of Tara Pcheco and Berta Betanzos of Spain.

Nimrod Mashich of Israel retained his lead in the men's windsurfer, winning two of three races on Tuesday and coming second in the other.

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