Tokyo 2020: GB team wins seven more medals – including two gold in sailing
The GB team won six more medals at the Tokyo Olympics – with two gold and one silver in sailing and two silver in track cycling.
In sailing, Giles Scott took overall victory in the men’s Finn class, shortly after Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell took gold in the men’s 49er at the Tokyo Olympics.
And Britons John Gimson and Anna Burnet won the silver medal in the mixed Nacra 17 class.
Meanwhile, GB won two silver medals in track cycling – in the women’s team pursuit and the men’s team sprint.
Boxer Pat McCormack also won the silver medal after losing his welterweight final to Cuban Roniel Iglesias.
Earlier in the morning, Briton Jack Laugher won the bronze medal in the men’s 3m springboard.
WE’ Simone Bilès, which had withdrawn from three individual finals, also won a bronze medal as she returned to compete in the finals on balance beam. She finished behind Chinese teenagers Chenchen Guan and Tang Xijing.
Fletcher and Bithell entered the final men’s 49er sailing race, where double points are awarded, in second place, four points behind New Zealanders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. But Fletcher and Bithell’s victory and the third for New Zealand saw them take gold.
The duo’s biggest obstacle turned out to be Germany but, having taken the last corner in second, they just crossed the finish line in front.
Speaking after the race, Fletcher said: “I think it’s been very tight all week in the race and today showed what it looked like. It was an intense race but it’s breathtaking to be sitting here as Olympic champions ”.
In the race to the line with the German boat, the 33-year-old driver added: “I thought we had it to be honest, but I knew it was great touch and go.“The other guys had priority over us so we had to be careful not to get a penalty and time everything right, but Stu did an amazing job getting the boat going fast and we just cut it off at the end. “.
There were tears and scenes of jubilation at the Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club near Rochdale, Greater Manchester, as Bithell’s parents Vivian and Leslie watched the pair cross the finish line ahead.
Stuart Bithell’s family and friends applaud as sailor claims gold
It’s a first Olympic medal for Fletcher, who finished sixth with Alain Sign in the same category in Rio, while Bithell also claimed silver in the 470 category alongside Luke Patience in London 2012.
Bithell missed Fletcher and Sign for Rio, and the two were rivals before deciding to team up to try to qualify for Tokyo.
The decision brought immediate dividends as they won European and world titles, and now the biggest prize of all.
Scott’s gold medal in the Finn class maintained the country’s dominance.
This is Britain’s sixth consecutive title in the boat since Iain Percy’s success in Sydney 21 years ago. Ben Ainslie went on to win three straight titles before Scott clinched his first gold in Rio.
He was nine points ahead before the final medal race, but had to catch up after a poor start and crossed the finish line in fourth position, which was just enough to keep him ahead of Hungarian Zsombor Berecz.
The 34-year-old from Cambridgeshire said: “I did it through the skin of my teeth, it was good over the edge, it was really tight. I tried to stay relaxed but never did. been involved in a boat race as close as this.
Giles Scott’s parents are joined by other family and friends to celebrate as their son wins gold
Scott’s father also described his pride in his son, who was crowned champion in the Finnish men’s category: all sport, preparing for this ride.
“I’m proud of him as much as I’m proud of him… he showed his courage by getting back into this boat, and after a very eventful first day, showing why he was defending the Olympic champion.
The 69-year-old said he and his wife Ros, who watched at the National Sailing Academy in Weymouth, spoke to their son via video call after his victory.
“He said ‘I’m relieved that I didn’t have a heart attack on you,'” Scott added.
Giles Scott’s mom and dad react to son’s Olympic success
Still in sailing, silver medalists Gimson and Burnet were guaranteed a medal ahead of the final mixed race of the Nacra 17 class and finished safely in fifth place to stay second behind Italians Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti.
Burnet’s mother Louise Burnet of Shandon said “we never would have dreamed of that happening” and said her daughter has “always had this great passion” since she started to sail the ocean. age five in an Optimist dinghy.
She said: “They just made a great team together and it’s a huge passion for both of them. They are great friends and you need that partner you click with.
“When Anna started sailing at the local yacht club, she was not afraid of the water from a young age.
“There were a lot of long drives on weekends that his dad Colin did a lot, 11 hours to the south coast on weekends, and it’s definitely worth it now.”
The medal races were postponed from Monday, when a lack of wind forced the cancellation of the races for the day, and it was tight throughout an extremely exciting race.
Great Britain are favorites to win a fourth sailing gold in the women’s 470 on Wednesday, with Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre in the lead.
Track Cycling Silver Medal
Britons Katie Archibald, Laura Kenny, Neah Evans and Josie Knight won a silver medal in the women’s team pursuit.
The GB team momentarily broke the world record in the first round to reach the final, beating the United States with a time of 4: 06.748 – although they crashed in the end. But Britain’s record lasted less than 10 minutes as Germany went faster in the next round.
Germany broke the record once again in the final against Great Britain with a time of 04.249 seconds, winning by more than six seconds – and the GB team had to settle for the silver.
Kenny told the BBC: “We knew (Germany) was going to go fast, but maybe not that fast.”
Asked about the prospect of adding two more medals to her tally, she added: “Yes, I’ll keep coming and see what happens!”
His teammate Evans added: “It’s really special. Obviously we were the defending champions and the expectations are huge because we have such a good reputation, but there are so many strong nations.
“We went out in a fight, but it wasn’t for this time.
The GB men’s speed team went on to take silver. Jason Kenny, Jack Carlin and Ryan Owens were comfortably beaten by the Netherlands team, who set a new Olympic record of 41.369 seconds. The Dutch have not been beaten in a team sprint event since 2017.
Kenny told the BBC: “We put all our hearts into the second race to make it to the final and then we just rolled the dice in the final.
“We prepared and went ahead, and obviously we knew we had a bit of ground to catch up. I had nothing in the final, I was bad.
Owens added, “It’s a dream come true. This team has a pretty good track record and there is a lot to do.
“It’s been a few different months, but getting through it with these guys is amazing.
“We did our best that day, you have to show up for every race and there is no rhythm in the team sprint.”
Pat McCormack won the silver medal after losing his welterweight final to Cuban Roniel Iglesias.
McCormack, who progressed to the centerpiece of 69kg after Irish opponent Aidan Walsh withdrew from their semi-final due to injury, was hoping to win Britain’s first boxing gold medal of those Games.
However, all five judges preferred the more polished work of left-hander Iglesias, who won each round on three of the officials’ scorecards.
Jack Laugher took third place on the podium as China’s Xie Siyi won gold, while teammate Wang Zongyuan finished second.
It was a consistent performance from Laugher, who didn’t drop below 81 points on his six dives with a 96.9 best of his four and a half front somersaults.
His British teammate James Heatly qualified in fourth place but finished ninth after being unable to recover from a disappointing first dive in the 12-man final.
Laugher’s bronze is his third Olympic medal of his career. The 26-year-old from Harrogate won gold and silver at Rio 2016.
What else to watch out for
In athletics, Alexandra Bell, Keely Hodgkinson and Jemma Reekie will compete in the women’s 800m final from 1:25 pm.