tom burton crowned laser standard men's world champion

16:00    11 Jul 2019

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Australian sailor Tom Burton has been crowned 2019 Laser Standard Men's World Champion.

After the two final races, held in perfect 10 to 12-knot winds, Burton held on to his overnight lead to become the champion.

This is the first world title for the 2016 Olympic gold medalist from Australia after two second-place podium finishes in 2014 and 2017.

Burton proved his championship form in a variety of conditions over the six-day event, and it was certainly his consistency that earned him the title.

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According to the World Sailing website, the event also served as a country qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were sailors work to secure one of five available berths for their respective countries to send a representative to the games.

In the end, the five country qualifying spots go to Sweden in 13th place, Argentina in 14th place, Russia in 17th place, Hungary in 20th place and Guatemala in 22nd place overall.

It is subject to final notification from World Sailing following the event to the relevant Member National Authority / National Olympic Committee,

Top-ten results after 12 races:
1. Tom Burton AUS 59 pts
2. Matthew Wearn AUS 63 pts
3. George Gautrey NZL 68 pts
4. Sam Meech NZL 72 pts
5. Nick Thompson GBR 73 pts
6. Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA 78 pts
7. Elliot Hanson GBR 92 pts
8. Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR 92 pts
9. Philip Buhl GER 96 pts
10. Thomas Saunders NZL 96 pts

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