OLYMPICS: Rotherham’s Paul Goodison performs to say ‘thank you’

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ROTHERHAM sailor Paul Goodison insists he pushed himself through the pain barrier during yesterday’s medal race, not just for himself, but for everyone who had got him to that point.

The 34-year-old had endured a London 2012 to forget with an early back injury hampering his bid to defend his crown from Beijing. Despite that Goodison made it into the top 10 to contend the medal race, although finishing on the podium was out of his reach.

The top step of that podium was claimed by Australian Tom Slingsby, who remains unbeaten on Weymouth’s waters, although Goodison made sure his Olympic bid ended on a high as he finished the final race in third, leaving him seventh overall. Goodison admitted he had to give it his best to thank all the people that had patched him up.

“I was still in quite a lot of pain and saw the physios before I went out and I had it in my head that it was going to be a shorter race so if I pushed as hard as I possibly could it would be over even quicker,” he said.

“I wanted to perform for all the people who have helped me get through this week to actually get me in the medal race. The people who have patched me back together each day and for all the support I’ve had over the last four years which has been tremendous.”

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