Nick Thompson claims Laser European Championship gold for Britain

Nick Thompson
Thompson was the fifth ranked European going into the final two races

Britain's Nick Thompson added the Laser European Championship gold to his collection with victory in Barcelona.

The 31-year-old from Hampshire, who won a second straight Laser world title in Mexico last year, scored 130 points.

It was 18 points clear of Italy's Francesco Marrai, with New Zealand's Andrew McKenzie a point further back.

GB's Lorenzo Chiavarini was sixth, while in the women's event Georgina Povall finished seventh and Alison Young ninth.

Thompson's first European title was built on a consistent run of top-10 finishes and he said: "The week has been incredibly tricky.

"I knew coming into the regatta that Barcelona wasn't going to be an easy venue and it was going to about the long game and not about necessarily winning one race and then messing up the next one.

"To finally take the European title means there's just one thing left - the Olympics."

Thompson now heads to Japan for the Sailing World Cup leg in Gamagori, followed by Enoshima Olympic Week.

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