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A Gold and Silver day for British Sailing at Rio

British Sailing competitors joined in the Team GB medal winning bonanza, with Nick Dempsey collecting silver in the men's RS:X final and Giles Scott assured of gold in the Finn event.

Giles Scott and coach Matt Howard celebrate gold? - Click image for a larger image

Nick Dempsey finished fourth in the RS:X Medal race to confirm his silver behind Holland's Dorian van Rijsselberghe.

Dempsey becomes the most successful Olympic men's windsurfer with three medals over five Games.

In the Finn event, Gile Scott finished the qualification series 24 points clear of Vasilij Zbogar of Slovenia, and cannot be caught in the final Medal Race on Tuesday.

In the Nacra17, which also completed its qualification series Sunday, Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves suffered a set-back to their medal hopes, finishing the day in eighth.

A run of poor results - 15, 15, 12 - leaves the British pair on 91 points and outside of a medal place.

Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza ARG lead from Italy's Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri, but the story of the day was the come back by Billy Besson and Marie Riou of France.

The injured Besson, who is being brought to his boat in a wheelchair, managed to helm them to seventh and within reach of a podium finish on Tuesday.

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark - Click image for a larger image

In the women's 470 Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark lead by four points from Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha of the USA, with Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar of Austria in third.

They have three more races before their medal race.

In the men's 470, Luke Patience and Chris Grube suffered their worst day in Rio with a 27 and 20 to finish the day in tenth.

Overall, Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic of Croatia have an 11 point lead from Australia's Mat Belcher and Will Ryan, with Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis of Greece third.

At the halfway stage of the 49er and 49erFX events, Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Alain Sign are in 13th and will struggle to make the medal race.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand lead the men's 49er by two points from Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel of Germany.

In the women's 49erFX, Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth are in sixth, 20 points off the leaders, Jena Hansen and Katja Salskov-Iversen of Denmark.

Monday is Medal Race day for the Laser and Radial events.

Nick Thompson is in sixth in the Laser, 30 points off the leader, Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia. Thompson has an outside chance of a bronze.

In the Women's Radial event, Alison Young is eighth and outside of medal contention.

The podium places will be a five-way battle with Marit Bouwmeester of Holland the present leader. Ireland's Annalise Murphy is in third place, ten points off the gold medal.

Gerald New - Sailweb
15 August 2016 7:08 GMT


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