Sailing: Laser World Championship 2012-Julie and Govinden fail to qualify for London Olympics


The competition, which took place in Boltenhagen, Germany from May 4-10, gathered the elite of this class – 180 men and 140 women from over 60 different nations – who battled for the last remaining 25 percent of the Olympic tickets.

Gold medallist in the Laser standard class at last year’s All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique, Julie finished fourth in the bronze fleet with 240 points after having his two worst finishes – 46th in race three and 43rd in race eight – discarded.

He finished 34th, 26th, 46th, 42nd, 22nd, 22nd, 38th, 43rd, 17th, 6th, 17th and 16th respectively in the 12 races he competed in.

As for Govinden, who was the bronze medallist at the All-Africa Games and finished fifth overall during the 2011 Sports Awards ceremony, he could only manage 35th place overall with 355 points after having his 49th place finish in race one and 53rd place finish in race three discarded.

Govinden finished 49th, 48th, 53rd, 38th, 34th, 40th, 47th, 38th, 39th, 32nd, 19th, and 20th respectively.

There were 12 more Olympic slots up for grabs at the championship and Julie’s fourth place finish in the bronze fleet means Seychelles took the 18th position.

Julie has made four appearances at the Olympics – in 1996 in Atlanta, USA (finishing 36th out of 56 sailors), in 2000 in Sydney, Australia (finishing 28th out of 43), in 2004 in Athens, Greece (finishing 20th out of 42) and in 2008 in Beijing, China (finishing 32nd out of 43).

Paul Goodison of Australia won the gold fleet, while Spanish Javier Hernandez dominated the silver.

R. D.


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