Tokyo Olympics: Giles Scott of the UK won the Finn class, gold in the 49er men’s competition and silver in the mixed Nacra 17


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Dates: July 23-8. August Weather in Tokyo: BST +8
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The UK won two gold and silver medals as Scott Giles successfully defended his Finnish title on an exciting day in sailing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell won the men’s 49er position before Scott’s triumph, while John Gimson and Anna Burnet secured silver in the Nacra 17 mixed class.

Demanding the top five in the medal race, the late Scott hero, 34, saw him snatch fourth and win second gold.

And in an equal breathless finish, Fletcher (31) and Bithell (34) took the win from Germany in their race for the New Zealand overhaul medal for gold.

Gimson, 38, and Burnett, 28, were guaranteed a medal and ensured they finished second, winning fifth place in the medal race.

That brought GB 13 golds for the Games and five sailing medals after bronze medalist Emma Wilson in windsurfing.

Scott entered the race for the Finns medal and secured the top three spots, with a command lead after winning six of the 10 races in the opening series.

As Zsombor Berecz made several decisions in front of Scott several boats, the Hungarian sailor was set to look for gold.

Although Berecz won the race, Scott did enough to climb the field from sixth to fourth, and the Hungarian was left with silver, while Spaniard Juan Cardona Mendez won bronze.

In the men’s 49er competition, GB shuddered Germany on the line in a breathless finish, and New Zealand world and Olympic champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke failed to protect their four-point lead.

The New Zealand pair moved to third place and had to settle for silver, while the second was good enough for Germans Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel to win bronze.

It was a remarkable result for Fletcher and Bithell who beat Burling and Tuke, who together won six World Cups and were both in the last two teams to win the America’s Cup.

The British led most of the medal race, although Burling and Tuke briefly switched to second place, which would bring gold to the Kiwi boat, the Germans fought back before Fletcher and Bithel kept them in an exciting rush for the finish line.

The GB mixed silver Nacra 17 was simpler, and Italy remained well positioned behind Gimson and Burnet to ensure the British pair didn’t do enough to clear their advantage.

More to come.

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