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Rio Olympics - GBR stutter into action on day 1

The first day of sailing at the Rio Olympics saw several stand-out performances. Fortunately one of them was by Britain's Nick Dempsey on the RS:X.Laser, Nick Thompson -

Dempsey is bidding for gold at this, his fifth Games, to complete the medal set, and he set about this task with a winning will.

He stormed to a line-to-line win in the opening race, ahead of Vyron Kokkalanis of Greece.

Then followed this with a second win before giving way to the London 2012 gold medalist, Dorian van Rijsselberghe of Holland in race 3.

The official results already take account of a discard, but Dempsey holds a useful advantage with a 1,1,2 v Rijsselberghe's 2,2,6, but there is a lot of racing yet.

“But it’s early days, we are three races into a 13 race series. It’s brilliant and it’s what you dream of as a start to your Olympic Games so we will see.” he said

Other GBR results were not in the same class. In fact they were very disappointing considering the favourable conditions.

In the women's RS:X Bryony Shaw finished the day in tenth (7,20,9).

Her first race was blighted by a technical issue, seeing her finish seventh and in her second she got caught on the committee boat line, taking her into the water and ending in 20th place.

She regained her composure for the third race to finish ninth, but will need much better results on day 2 to get back into medal contention.

Charline Picon of France matched Dempsey for results (1,2,1) to lead the women's RS:X from Stefaniya Elfutina of Russia (2,5,3).

In the Laser and Radial events the leaders after two races are not so clear-cut, but neither of the British competitors was able to make any impression.

In the women's Radial, Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands (6,4) leads with ten points after Lijia Xu of China was DSQ from race 1 (DSQ,4).

While Britain's Alison Young received a boost from that DSQ and is in 11th with 13, 17 and 30 points.

In the men's Laser, Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia leads (1,5) while in seventh is Brazil's Robert Scheidt who recovered from a 23 to win the second race.

Nick Thompson of Britain (8,17) is 11th overall.

The Finn class join Monday's four classes for day 2, which will see Giles Scott in action for the first time in an Olympic arena and hopefully he will raise their spirits.

Leading results from Day 1 here

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