Injured Rotherham’s Paul Goodison may be forced out of Olympic regatta

In pain: Paul Goodison in actiion yesterday off Weymouth
In pain: Paul Goodison in actiion yesterday off Weymouth
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PAUL Goodison may be forced to abandon his attempt to defend his Olympic sailing gold medal he revealed yesterday.

The 34-year-old from Rotherham endured a poor start to his Laser campaign on Monday, ending 17th overall after placing 10th and 23rd.

Goodison revealed the latter performance was due to a back injury that required attention in order for him to compete in races three and four.

The 34-year-old finished 16th and then an impressive second yesterday afternoon, but admits the pain is seriously hampering his performance. “It’s pretty sore, to be honest,” Goodison said with tears in his eyes. “It was just at the start of race two yesterday.

“The body is in a lot of pain and you can push through that and fire forward to a certain degree, but when the pain is affecting your decision-making it is very difficult.”

Asked if he was worried his regatta was in danger, he said: “Yeah, for sure. I am worried my body is in a lot of trouble and until that is fixed you can’t fire on all cylinders. I’ve just got to keep ticking away and give myself the chance to do it if I get better later on.”

Sheffield’s Alastair Wilson says there no panic around the Athletes Village about a lack of a Team GB gold. Wilson, who will join Doncaster’s Barry Middleton in trying to secure a second victory for the men’s hockey team against South Africa today (4pm) said: “I’m sure it will come. It’s inspiring seeing the other guys around the village giving their all. We put pressure on ourselves so it doesn’t really affect us what others are doing.”