Scheidt wins Laser title
CAPE COD, Massachusetts -- Double Olympic champion Robert Scheidt from Brazil has won his sixth Laser world title at Hyannis Port on Cape Cod with a race to spare.
Scheidt, 29, finished the first of two races on the final day in second place but, because of his overall standing, it was enough for him to win the championship and his sixth world title.
The closest threats to Scheidt, from Sao Paolo, were Karl Suneson of Sweden and Australian Brendan Casey.
British team GBR sailor Paul Goodison, in overall fourth place, took the win in the first of the day's two scheduled races.
But the real battle was behind Goodison with Suneson trying to get well ahead of Scheidt in order to have any chance of beating him.
In the end, Suneson pushed too hard and was penalised with a yellow flag just before the finish.
For the second and final race, Goodison needed to finish in the top three to beat Suneson for second place but could only manage 15th, which gave him the third place on the podium.
Scheidt won the Laser single-handed class gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta games and the silver medal in Sydney 2000 -- when he was beaten in a dramatic final race by Britain's Ben Ainslie.
Laser World Championship final result (12 races with two discards)
1 Robert Scheidt, BRA ((15),1,2,5,1,1,1,(6),2,4,2,(DNC)) 25 pts
2 Karl Suneson, SWE (8,2,(10),1,1,1,(9),1,9,2,6,(20)) 40 pts
3 Paul Goodison, GBR (8,3,(19),4,3,4,2,(24),6,5,1,15) 51 pts
4 Diego Negri, ITA ((19, 5, 7, (16), 12, 3, 3, 8, 7, 13, 5, 7) 70 pts
5 Brendan Casey, AUS (3, 4, 1, 2, 5, 5, (23), 3, 4, 30, 22, (49)) 79 pts
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