Not good for Goody after first day

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A POTENTIAL injury scare to Paul Goodison has been played down by British sailing chief Stephen Park after the Rotherham sailor made a poor start to the defence of his Olympic laser crown.

Goodison was rushed away treatment to a sore back having finished 10th and 23rd in the opening two races. He lies 17th overall with eight races to come.

The pace was set by Goodison’s rival Tom Slingsby who finished first and second on the choppy Weymouth waters. But Park denied there was any danger of 34-year-old Goodison being unable to return to action. He said: “Paul had some muscle pain at the beginning of the second race of the day and so we wanted to get him straight off to the physio as quickly as possible because obviously at this stage of the regatta it is very important to look after the sailors. The news is all very good – he responded very well to the physio.

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