Burton within striking distance at Laser Worlds

After scoring his first race win of the 2015 Laser Worlds in Kingston, Canada, world number one Tom Burton (AUS) had a 10th and 11th, dropping him back to fourth place overall. However, he is still in contention for the title, sitting nine points behind the two leaders, Philipp Buhl (GER) and Nick Thompson (GBR). Juan Ignacio Maegli (GUA) sits in third place, four points clear of Burton.

Matt Wearn is the best of the remaining Australians but he needs good results in the final races if he is to qualify for the medal race. After seven races he sits in 13th place, four points behind the Olympic Silver medalist Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) who holds the vital 10th position.

It would appear that Mitch Kennedy in 18th has too much work to do to make the medal race, while Luke Elliott is 45th, Jeremy O'Connell is 52nd and Ryan Palk is 53rd.

Here's the media release from Canada:

Kingston Laser Standard World Championship Day 4.

Qualifying series is finished with three races completed today, and a total of seven races for the series. Racing began with 5-7 knots from the South West. The wind then picked up for the last race to 10-12 knots. Based on the current results, eight of the nine Olympic Laser Standard spots available at this event were taken today by competitors who qualified for gold fleet.

Regatta leader Juan Ignacio Maegli representing Guatemala placed third in the first race of the day, with Kristian Ruth representing Norway in 1st and previous regatta leader Matthew Wearn in 2nd . Maegli GUA then fell back in the fleet in the second and third race, and is now sitting 3rd overall. Race 2 was won by Aleksander Arian representing Poland, followed by Andy Maloney representing New Zealand in 2nd and, Benjamin Vadnai representing Hungary in 3rd. For the last race of the day, Yellow Flight was dominated by the Italians. Giovanni Cooccoluto, Alessio Spadoni, Enrico Strazzera representing Italy places 1, 2, and 3 respectively.

Blue Flights’ first race was won by Tonci Stipanovic representing Croatia, Sam Meech representing New Zealand placed 2nd and James Espey representing Ireland finished 3rd. Lorenzo Brando Chiavarini representing Great Britain placed 1st in race 7 for his second bullet of the regatta. He was followed by Colin Cheng representing Singapore in 2nd and Charlie Buckingham representing the United States in 3rd. Blue Flight Race 7 began with Bruno Fontes representing Brazil in the lead. Colin Cheng SIN was able to pull ahead of Fontes BRA, to place 1st overall. He was followed by Julio Alsogaray representing Argentina in 2nd, Marco Gallo representing Italy in 3rd and Fontes BRA in 4th.

Red Flights’ race 5 consisted of a tacking duel between Tom Burton representing Australia and Christopher Barnard representing the United States. On the last leg of the race, Burton and Barnard were locked tack for tack, before Burton was able to fake a tack to get clean air and win the race. Race 6 for the Red Flight was won by Nick Thompson representing Great Britain, moving him up to second overall. The final race of the day in the red flight was won with a huge lead by Stefano Peschiera representing Peru. Barnard USA was able to place third in the last race, moving him up from 28th to 9th overall.

Philipp Buhl representing Germany currently sits in 1st overall, with Nick Thompson representing Great Britain in 2nd and Juan Ignacio Maegli representing Guatemala in 3rd. Tomorrow marks the first day of final series which completes on Wednesday July 8!

Come on down to Portsmouth Olympic Harbour to check out all the on and off water action.

For a full set of results: http://www.cork.org/past-results/results2015/STD/RESULTS.html

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