Sweet Redemption for Australian Laser Sailor Tom Slingsby
Twelve years in the making and Australia’s Tom Slingsby has finally achieved the result he had been striving for.
After a devastating 22nd place finish in Beijing, despite being heavily favored to take the Games’ top honors Tom returned to London more resolute than ever.
The five-time laser world champion weaved a solid series in the opening 10 races leaving only one opponent in position to overtake him in the finals.
That opponent was Pavlos Kontides of Cyprus. Tom strategically stuck close to Pavlos throughout the race, preventing the Cypriot from gaining clear air and breaking away. Pavlos was ultimately unable to close the 14-point gap and surpass Tom for the win. His second place finish however, marked the first-ever podium finish for his country in any sport in the history of the Games.
For Pavlos, the gravity of his performance has yet to sink in. “I guess back home they are waiting for me, when I get there it will be huge celebrations. I still don’t understand how huge an achievement this is for my country…when I get back home with my compatriots I will understand.”
As for the Aussie, the road has been a long one, which has made his experience in London just that much sweeter.
“I’ve worked for 12 years to get here,” said Tom. “I put everything I had into it and I’ve done it. I couldn’t be happier.