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Maloney nabs bronze at Laser worlds

08:46 Fri May 11 2012
AAP

Kiwi sailor Andy Maloney has won bronze at the Laser world championships in Germany, outperforming his Olympics-bound countryman Andrew Murdoch.

Maloney, 21, was 12th in the final race of the regatta in Boltenhagen to claim a place on the podium.

Murdoch, picked for the Olympics earlier this year ahead of Maloney, won the final race to move up to 25th overall behind fellow Kiwi Sam Meech in 17th.

Maloney also edged out Murdoch, bronze medallist at the world champs last year, at a World Cup regatta last month.

Australian Tom Slingsby won his fifth world title and had the luxury of being able to sit out the final race knowing he could not be headed.

At the Star world championships in Hyeres, France the New Zealand pair of Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner won their race on Thursday to qualify a New Zealand boat for the Olympics.

They lie sixth going into the final race, five points off a place on the podium.

The Olympic 49er crew of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are second at the world championships off Zadar in Croatia.

The 2011 silver medallists trail defending champions Australia's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen with two days of racing left.