GREAT Britain’s Olympic sailing chief Stephen Park hasn’t lost any sleep over Rotherham sailor Paul Goodison’s recent World Championships horror show, claiming the Beijing 2008 gold medallist can defend his crown.
Goodison, 34, only managed 20th place in the Laser class in Germany after the jury ruled the kinetics of his boat illegal. With Goodison struggling down the pecking order, Australia’s Tom Slingsby chalked up his fifth world title, ensuring the Brit will have a fight on his hands at London.
But Park is not fazed by Goodison’s problems in Germany. “He had a couple of hiccups at the laser worlds, he fell foul of the judges, but aside from that things have been going well” he said.
“Everybody selected in the British Olympic team has a medal chance.”
Despite Goodison’s cluttered trophy cabinet – in 2009 he was in possession of the European, world and Olympic titles – he faced stiff domestic competition from Nick Thompson for the sole British Olympic spot in the Laser class.
Thompson secured world silver at the ISAF World Championships in Perth last December whereas Goodison could only manage fifth – but he still got the London 2012 nod.
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