Great Britain’s Nick Thompson dominated the entire field with nine top 10 finishes at the 2015 Men’s Laser World Championships. The championship was held in Kingston, Canada from July 2nd to July 8th 2015. Overall 13 races were held, 7 qualifying and 6 final where the two worst scores were discarded. In total 9 spots were up for grabs for Olympic qualification to nations which have not qualified a boat in this event.
In the qualifying round seven races were held as races were cancelled on the third day due to low winds. By the end of the seventh race Germany’s Phillip Buhl and Great Britain’s Nick Thompson were tied for first with 21 points while Guatemala’s Juan Ignacio Maegli was in third with 26 points. At this point the 158 competitors were split into three equal fleets; gold, silver and bronze based on their ranking. This meant that eight out of the nine quotas were filled due to the virtue of qualifying to the gold fleet. The qualified nations were Peru, Argentina, Estonia, Montenegro, Chile, South Africa, South Korea and Hungary. This was a special moment for Peru as this is the first time they have qualified to the Olympics in sailing. As for the nations in the silver fleet, 16 were fighting for one lone spot.
The first day for the final races were also cancelled due to lack of wind, but when the races began on the next day it put sailors to quite the test. By the end of the day Nick Thompson had built up a 20 point lead from his three impressive races. He was able to extend his lead on the final day winning the event with 67 points. Silver went to Germany’s Phillip Buhl while bronze went to Australia’s Tom Burton. The race for the final Olympic spot in the silver fleet went to Spain’s Joaquin Blanco who finished third in the silver fleet (56th overall).
All is not over for the other nations as for the first time continental qualifiers will be used to determine some of the competitors. In fact the first qualifier will be the Pan American Games which will begin at the end of this week.
Quotas by Nation
- Argentina – 1
- Chile – 1
- Estonia – 1
- Hungary – 1
- South Korea – 1
- Montenegro – 1
- Peru – 1
- South Africa – 1
- Spain – 1
SailWave. 2015 Laser Standard Men – World Championship. Access on July 8 2015.