PAUL Goodison insists he will be sailing angry at London 2012 after a battle with his Olympic rival at last week’s Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta left a bitter taste in his mouth.
The 34-year-old from Rotherham heads into London 2012 looking to retain his laser crown from Beijing, and got a sneak peek as to what to expect as he took to the Weymourh waters 50 days before returning for the real thing.
However it wasn’t the warm up Goodison was after as he agonisingly missed out on the podium in fourth, Australian Tom Slingsby taking the gold.
Slingsby has won every event at Weymouth since the last Games and looks set to be Goodison’s main threat for that Olympic title .
But Goodison, who did a similar thing before topping the podium in Beijing, is vowing to get one over his rival when it really matters, especially after what happened last week.
“In the medal race I handled everything really well round the first mark, then me and Tom got a bit further in front of everyone else and I thought it was all quite easy then,” he said. “But I think he employed a bit of team racing tactics and was more interested in trying to sort his mates out and slow me down which annoyed me. And at the end it was a bit of a mess up on the finish line and I’m quite frustrated now.
“I’m pretty wound up after what happened between us and that’s going to focus my attention and make me train harder and get better.
“I am pretty angry and I am going to use that to the best of my ability over the next couple of weeks. And he won’t have his mates there to help him out next time.”
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