Make that THIRTEEN golds! Team GB sail to more glory in Tokyo as Giles Scott claims his second Olympic title after Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell secure dramatic victory in their medal race… with mum and dad going wild back home in Littleborough!
- Team GB won their twelfth and thirteenth gold medals of the Tokyo Olympics
- Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell edged out New Zealand in dramatic fashion
- The British duo crossed the finish line a whisker ahead of Germany at Enoshima
- Giles Scott was already guaranteed a medal going into the decider on Tuesday
- However, he only struck gold in the final 20 metres in a heart-stopping finale
- Great Britain have now won the Finn class event six consecutive times
- Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here
Team GB enjoyed a spectacular morning on the waters of Enoshima, dramatically sailing to two more gold medals and bringing their total to 13 – and so leapfrogging the Russian Olympic Committee into fifth in the overall medal table.
The first gold medal came in the most dramatic imaginable circumstances, with Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell taking the 49er men’s skiff title by inches.
Then Giles Scott proved himself one of Britain’s greatest ever sailors ever by winning his second Olympic title in the Finn.
Fletcher and Bithell had to beat Germany in the medal race and they were duelling it out as the last of four legs came to an end.
Everyone held their breath but the British boat crossed fractionally ahead of the Germans to take the gold on countback from New Zealand, who finished third on the day.
Team GB won their twelfth gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics in the men’s 49er FX sailing
Giles Scott celebrates after reigning supreme in the Finn class, making it 13 golds for GB
Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell edged out New Zealand in dramatic fashion at Enoshima
Fletcher and Bithell’s triumph ends New Zealand’s longstanding dominance in the sport and the pair roared unleashed a roar of emotion after clinching victory in the most dramatic fashion.
Back home at Hollingworth Lake in Littleborough, Greater Manchester, Bithell’s parents, Vivian and Leslie, waved Union Jack flags and screamed in delight in joyous scenes after the nail-biting finish.
It is a first Olympic medal for Fletcher, who finished sixth with Alain Sign in the same class in Rio, while Bithell also took silver in the 470 class alongside Luke Patience at London 2012.
Bithell missed out to Fletcher and Sign for Rio, and the pair were rivals before deciding to team up in a bid to qualify for Tokyo.
Fletcher and Bithell had to beat New Zealand and hope at least one boat finished between them and their rivals. They just sneaked over the line in front of Germany to do so
Fletcher and Bithell wave a Union Jack flag as they celebrate their huge victory on Tuesday
The pair were rivals before deciding to pair up for the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer
The 34-year-old Scott was strongly positioned and already guaranteed a medal going into the double-points decider but he only clinched the gold in the final 20 metres, coming through to take fourth in a heart-stopping finale.
He needed that position because Hungarian Zsombor Berecz, his chief rival, won the race and stood to take the gold before a never-say-day Scott prevailed to live up to his status as firm favourite.
Britain have now won this event six consecutive times.
Scott celebrates with Hungary’s Zsombor Berecz (right) and Spain’s Joan Cardona Mendez (left) who gained silver and bronze respectively
Scott just about fended off the challenge of his chief rival Berecz on Tuesday in Tokyo
So Scott, the main man in the sailing team and competing in his last Olympics, follows legends Iain Percy (2000) and Sir Ben Ainslie (2004, 2008, 2012) as the undisputed king of the Finn.
The Cambridgeshire-born hulk hit the boat in delight after crossing the line and then waved the Union Flag.
Elsewhere, Britain’s Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey failed to pick up a medal in the delayed women’s 49er FX.
The duo went into the final, delayed by 24 hours due to poor weather conditions in Japan, in fifth place, but were unable to improve on that position as they finished seventh in the race and sixth overall.