After a quite glorious Tuesday for Team GB’s sailing team saw them claim two golds and one silver, today there is hope for further success on the waters of Enoshima Yacht Harbour as the men’s and women’s 470 classes conclude with their medal races.
Hannah Mills could become the most successful women in British Olympic sailing history, as she goes for gold alongside Eilidh McIntyre. The GB duo currently lead the way in the women’s 470 standings and are guaranteed at least a medal.
Their medal race gets under way at 7.33am BST, but before then the men’s medal race goes off at 6.33am and GB are in contention again. Luke Patience and Chris Grube are just nine points off third spot, sitting in fifth place, before the start of today’s decider.
And if the GB sailors needed any inspiration, it came yesterday as the wider British team produced a memorable and thrilling day out on the water that gave viewers back the UK great entertainment.
Giles Scott defended his Olympic title from Rio 2016 in the outgoing Finn class, but not before Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell had narrowly pipped New Zealand to the gold medal in the men’s 49er. Fletcher and Bithell squeezed past Germany in the final seconds of their medal race to claim a dramatic victory.
There was further cause for celebration in the mixed Nacra 17 class as GB’s John Gimson and Anna Burnet held onto their silver-medal position.
Those results gave GB a total of four sailing medals in these Games so far, adding to windsurfer Emma Wilson’s bronze, and a fifth is already guaranteed from Mills and McIntyre today – the only question is, what colour will it be? Their nearest rivals are the French boat of Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz, with the Polish boat lying in third. Meanwhile, the Australians lead the way in the men’s 470.