Goodison bids to catch in-form Slingsby

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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 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.

“It’s good for character to show that you can finish strong, that you can pick yourself up when your down, but I know need to address starting off regattas better,” admitted Goodison.

“It’s not been great in the last two regattas and it’s something I desperately need to put right for 12 months time. The big pressure here has been just trying to medal. 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.

“However, Tom has sailed tremendously the last two regattas and we need to all have a good look at ourselves and work out how we’re going to beat him.”

Goodison has yet to decide on his plans for the World Championships in Perth later in 2011. Beating Slingsby on his home waters might appeal but the only gold that matters will be awarded next year. British selectors plan to name the London 2012 team between September and April.

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