Following a vehement protest, France attempted to take Team GB’s sailing gold away.
The French Olympic team has filed a protest against Great Britain’s gold medal in the women’s 470 sailing event.
Team GB’s gold medal in the women’s 470 sailing prompted a heated protest from France. On Wednesday morning, Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre won gold.
Mills and McIntyre won gold in the women’s 470 on Wednesday morning, making history.
They finished fifth in a heroic race, but that was enough for gold because France finished behind them.
After the race, the two jumped into the sea at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour, but their jubilation were short-lived.
An furious French team filed an official protest against the result shortly after the race ended.
The French squad was claimed to be dissatisfied with Team GB’s decision to let Poland pass them late in the race.
In the latter stages of the race, Poland overcame Mills and McIntyre into fourth place, leapfrogging France to claim the silver medal.
France is said to have suspected the two teams conspired to keep them out of the silver medal position, and as a result, they filed an official protest.
However, Mills and McIntyre’s protest was immediately dismissed, allowing them to resume their joyous festivities.
Mills won her second gold medal of her career, and her third Olympic medal overall.
With the victory, she became Team GB’s all-time most successful female sailor.
Mills’ teammate at both London 2012 and Rio 2016, Saskia Clark, MBE, described France’s appeal as “opportunistic.”
She told the BBC that the French squad was “throwing mud” and doing everything they could to reclaim their silver medal.
“There’s no way this happened,” she said.
“They have audio coming from the boats, and cooperation with the Jury would have been quick and easy.
“If there had been a collision, [GB] would have been forced to do a penalty turn, knocking them out of the top seven.
“That seemed like a good opportunity for the French to toss mud and see what sticks.”