Great Scott wins Olympic gold

Land Rover BARs Giles Scott celebrates victory in the Finn heavyweight dinghy class Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Land Rover BARs Giles Scott celebrates victory in the Finn heavyweight dinghy class Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
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LAND ROVER BAR’s Giles Scott sealed Olympic gold in Rio today.

He claimed Britain’s second sailing medal of the Games in the Finn heavyweight dinghy class.

Scott went into the double points medal race knowing that, providing he successfully competed, he could not be knocked off the top of the podium.

His nearest challenger was Slovenia’s Vasilij Zbogar, who was 24 points adrift in the silver medal position.

And a second in the race, which was won by Caleb Paine (USA), confirmed Scott’s gold medal on his Olympic debut.

His final margin of victory over Zbogar was 32 points, who finished the race in sixth. Paine claimed the bronze medal.

Scott’s victory means that Britain has now won the Finn men’s heavyweight dinghy class the past five Olympics.

Iain Percy claimed gold in Sydney (2000), while BAR team principal and skipper, Ben Ainslie, celebrated wins in Athens (2004), Beijing (2008) and London (2012).

Meanwhile, Lee-on-the-Solent’s Alain Sign and Dylan Fletcher go into Thursday’s medal race in the men’s 49er (skiff) class in fourth spot and in real contention for a podium place.

After winning today’s 10th race in the series, they sit fourth with 80 points, behind leaders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, from New Zealand (33).

Germany pairing, Erik Heil and Thomas Plössel (67) are in second spot.

The bronze medal position is currently occupied by Australia’s Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (70).