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Sam Meech 15th at Laser world championship

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/05/2016

Olympic-bound New Zealand sailor Sam Meech improved marginally on the final day of the Laser world championship in Mexico to finish 15th overall.

Meech placed 11th and 14th in the two gold fleet races at Riviera Nayarit on Wednesday to climb two places.

His net score of 141 points across his 12 best-scoring results left him 80 points behind British defending champion Nick Thompson, who will start favourite in Rio.

Meech was 11th after the qualifying phase of the 14-race regatta but lost ground with two poor results during the finals series.

Andy Maloney, who narrowly missed selection for Rio, maintained his 18th place overall after closing with a 25th and a seventh.

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