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Olympic sailor Philip Bull makes a confident start to Australia's World Cup

Adelaide/Australia (dpa/lno) – Germany's most successful laser glider Philipp Bull made a promising start to the Ilca-7 World Championships in Australia. After two opening races, the 34-year-old was third in a field of 153 soloists from 52 countries. With third place and a dominant race win, the 2020 world champion underlined his ambitions in the fight for his fifth world championship medal.

The helmsman of the North German Regatta Association had to overcome a stumbling block at the start. Buhl said: “The first start was a bit of a shock for me. I was a bit late, 15 to 20 meters behind three quarters of the field very quickly. With my good nose and patience I was able to move up to third place, great! Second race anyway.” Buhl confidently won a second World Championship race. DSV coach Alex Sklonsky said in Adelaide: “I'm expecting good results again tomorrow. Everyone is fit. We're looking forward to it.”

Puhlin's teammate and club mate Nick Willem entered the pre-Olympic World Cup summit in 19th and 4th place in twenty-ninth place, where the medals will be awarded on January 31. Buhl and Willem will battle it out in a three-part elimination to see who can take the already secured national starting spot at the Olympic regatta from July 28 to August 9 in Marseille. After the first half, Bull was four points ahead of William.

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