SAILING Preview: Men’s Laser Standard Class holds World Championships this week in Japan

Laser Standard World Champion in 2017 and 2018: Pavlos Kontides (CYP)

Another dress rehearsal for the Tokyo 2020 Games comes this week, this time for the men’s Laser Standard class with the 2018 World Championship getting ready off Sakaiminiati-City.

Two races are planned – weather permitting – on 4-5-6-7-8-9 July. A total of 159 boats from 57 countries have entered, with an excellent field, including all three medals winners from Rio 2016 and the 2018 World Sailing Championships. The headline entries:

● Tom Burton (AUS) ~ 2016 Olympic Champion; 2014-17 Worlds silver
● Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) ~ 2016 Olympic silver; 2012 Worlds silver
● Sam Meech (NZL) ~ 2016 Olympic bronze medalist
● Robert Scheidt (BRA) ~ 1996-2004 Olympic Champion; 9-time World Champion
● Pavlos Kontides (CYP) ~ 2017-18 Worlds golds; 2012 Olympic silver; 2013 Worlds silver
● Matthew Wearn (AUS) ~ 2018 Worlds silver medalist
● Philipp Buhl (GER) ~ 2018 Worlds bronze; 2015 Wolds silver medalist
● Nick Thompson (GBR) ~ 2014 Worlds bronze medalist; 2015-16 World Champion
● Jean-Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) ~ 2016 Worlds silver medalist

The amazing Scheidt is now 46 and has won a career total of 12 World Championships medals in this class, with his last world title coming in 2013. Great Britain’s Thompson has tied for the second-most medals in the Laser Worlds, with six (2-2-2). Look for results here.