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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 09/12/2013

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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) It was a day of contrasting fortunes for two former Olympians at the Laser Masters on Tuesday.

The 65 year old Mark Bethwaite from Australia, who finished eighth at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972 and ninth at Montreal four years later, had a good day, as he recorded two clear wins in his Standard Great Grand Masters class to have a total of five wins out of the six races so far.

While Bethwaite leads from his nearest rival, Robert Blakey of New Zealand, by five points, the other Olympian in fray, Wolfgang Gerz of Germany, failed to register a win on Tuesday.

The 61 year old German, who finished fifth in the Finn class at the 1982 Los Angeles Olympics, is placed overall fourth in the Standard Grand Masters class and is still to achieve a victory in the six races held so far.

The former world and two times Laser Masters champion faces an uphill challenge to get past Greg Adams, who leads the class.

It is the second visit of Gerz to Oman, having participated in the 2013 Musannah Race Week in March, to prepare for the worlds.

''I am not sailing well enough, despite my good preparations. I am up there but am making mistakes like all the others except for Greg [Adams]. This is the first time I've raced against him. He is sailing well,'' said Gerz, who is a doctor by profession.

 






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