Paul closes in on Aussie win

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PAUL Goodison is still in contention for a medal at the ISAF Sailing World Championships despite posting his worst finish of the regatta so far.

The 34-year-old South Yorkshireman, suffering from a cold and upset stomach, started the day’s racing in the Laser in the kind of form where he left off on Wednesday with a second-place finish.

However Goodison dropped down to 24th in race two, his lowest from eight outings so far, but with his worst allowed to be discarded he remains second overall.

Australian favourite Tom Slingsby leads but only by 11 points with Goodison’s teammate Nick Thompson shooting up to third.

The Laser fleet will enjoy a lay day today before two more races on Saturday and the medal race on Sunday.

“It has all been quite consistent which was the aim looking ahead to gold fleet racing – hopefully I can push a bit harder and see what happens,” said Goodison.

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