After a “fantastic” day for Team GB, Britain now commands the waves.
It was clear sailing for Team GB yesterday after a brilliant day on the water resulted in two gold medals.
The impression of being alone After retaining his title in dramatic fashion, Giles Scott told his father John that he was “relieved” he hadn’t given him a heart attack.
The first gold of the day came in one of the most spectacular endings in Olympic history, as Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell snatched the men’s 49er skiff title by a fraction of an inch.
In the fourth and final race, the two had to overcome Germany, and it reached a thrilling finale until the British boat crossed fractionally ahead.
Then Giles added 13 of Britain’s most valuable metals, all with a nail-biting finish. It was Iain Percy’s sixth consecutive gold in the class, following in the footsteps of three-time winner Sir Ben Ainslie.
Giles’ parents, John and Ros, watched the drama unfold at the National Sailing Academy in Weymouth, Dorset, and then spoke with him through video chat.
“Giles remarked, ‘I’m happy to see I didn’t cause you a heart attack,’” John, 69, recounted.
“It’s the most nerve-wracking race I’ve ever seen. I’m just as proud of him as I am of him. He’s proven his worth as the defending champion.”
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Stuart’s parents, Vivian and Leslie, waved flags and screamed with happiness as their son crossed the finishing line with Dylan at Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club in Littleborough, Greater Manchester.
Before deciding to partner up in order to qualify for Tokyo, the two were rivals.
“I dreamed this would happen last week,” Dylan, 33, added.
In my dream, the last race wasn’t quite as close.”
In the mixed Nacra 17 Class, John Gimson and Anna Burnet won silver, and Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre are poised to win gold in the women’s 470 today.