ROTHERHAM sailor Paul Goodison had a nightmare first day in his defence of his Olympic gold medal.
Goodison, aged 34, who learnt to sail with his parents on Ulley reservoir, is 17th after the first two races.
His bitter rival, Australian Tom Slingsby, seems set to take the title after finishing first and second on the Olympic waters of Weymouth and Portland off the Dorset coast.
Conditions were difficult for all the sailors, but Goodison, who lives in Weymouth, won’t be using that as an excuse.
He managed a 10th-place finish in the first race before slumping to 23rd in the second. A clearly disappointed Goodison, one of South Yorkshire’s top hopes of a medal, said: “It wasn’t an ideal start, but there’s still another eight races to go, so we’ve just got to look forward.”
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