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Frustrated Goodison looks ahead

August 6, 2012 20:08 pm

Great Britain's sailor Paul Goodison may have lost his Laser crown but he hopes this is not the last we of see him at the Olympics.

The 34-year-old came in as one of the favourites to top the podium as he did in China four years ago. However, a back injury picked up in just the second race put paid to his medal hopes as he fought on courageously to finish seventh.

Goodison, who came off the water in tears on Tuesday, is disappointed but remained philosophical after the end of racing.

"It is just frustrating when you feel you're in the shape of your life and sailing the best you have done in strong breeze to then have this injury to stop you going on to see what that meant," he said.

"I guess we'll never know what it would've meant and that is the frustrating thing for me. I am sure my back will get alright. It is just one of those things, unfortunately, that needs resting and then you move on.

"The Olympics is so special to me. Every four years it is a massive thing and it is one thing I am very passionate about.

"I will go away now, think about what we're going to do over the next four years and make a plan. I love the Olympics and would love to do it again."

If he is to return for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, Goodison doubts it will be in the new mixed multihull class alongside long-term girlfriend Saskia Clark, who is currently competing in the women's 470.

"That has put a smile on my face," he said.

"We have tried sailing together before and it generally ends up in not doing so well for our relationship. Never say never, but I am not sure that is going to happen."

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