S ailor’s un­fi­nis hed bu sine s s

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Lon­don’s call­ing for Olympic yachtie An­drew Mur­doch.

The Mt Al­bert res­i­dent nar­rowly missed out on pick­ing up a medal in Bei­jing, fi nish­ing fi fth in the Laser class.

But the 26-year-old is al­ready plan­ning his cam­paign to the 2012 Lon­don games.

“I’ve got some unfi nished busi­ness – I’m pretty de­ter­mined to medal and be­lieve I can do it,” he says.

Af­ter lead­ing the com­pe­ti­tion in the fi rst two races of the nine race se­ries, Mur­doch fell vic­tim to the fickle winds on the course, based in the coastal city of Qing­dao.

“I ended up on the wrong side of the wind shifts too many times,” he says.

A strong fi nish in the fi nal races of the com­pe­ti­tion pushed him back up the fi eld, though not quite as much as he’d hoped.

The Lon­don Olympics will be a more ex­pen­sive cam­paign to run be­cause of Bri­tain’s dis­tance from New Zealand.

Mur­doch is hop­ing sup­port from his spon­sors and gov­ern­ment fund­ing through Sparc will help get him there.

The Olympic ex­pe­ri­ence also pro­vided him with a valu­able in­sight into what to ex­pect when he has an­other crack at bring­ing home gold in 2012.

“I was re­ally happy with how I pre­pared men­tally and tech­ni­cally.”

While Mur­doch is cur­rently spending time with friends and fam­ily, he says he won’t be off the wa­ter for long.

Yacht­ing New Zealand Olympic coach­ing di­rec­tor Rod Davis was im­pressed with Mur­doch’s re­sult in Bei­jing.

“Any time you get in the top five at the Olympic games you’re pretty close to a per­sonal best, if not at a per­sonal best.

“It sets him up bril­liantly for the next Olympics.”

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

S e t t i n g s a i l :

Af­ter nar­rowly miss­ing out on a medal at the Bei­jing Olympics, Mt Al­ber t ya chtie An­drew Mur­doch has his sights set on the 2012 L o n d o n G a m e s.

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