- Full Tokyo 2020 schedule, plus key events to watch each day
- Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey finish sixth overall in the women’s skiff 49er after finishing seventh in the medal race
- Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell win gold after photo finish in the men’s skiff 49er
- Giles Scott defends his Olympic title in the Finn class (6.30am)
- In the mixed Nacra 17 class (7.30am) GB’s John Gimson and Anna Burnet are world champions
Dylan Fletcher and Stu Bithell have won Great Britain’s first sailing gold of the Olympics, winning a dramatic medal race to leapfrog defending champions and two-time America’s Cup winners, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, of New Zealand.
Fletcher and Bithell had begun the 49er race four points adrift of the New Zealanders, who were defending Olympic champions, meaning that they needed to finish two places ahead of their rivals to take gold. They began superbly and surged into the lead after the first two turns, ahead of New Zealand with Germany splitting them.
Germany, though, then moved just ahead of Great Britain in an extraordinary middle section of the race, meaning that the gap to New Zealand was reduced to one place and Britain were back in silver. Fletcher and Bithell, though, did not give way down an extraordinary final leg and, with the lead changing hands continuously as they approached the finishing line from different directions, they edged ahead of Germany in a photo finish.
It had left Great Britain and New Zealand tied on 58 points after a week’s racing, but Team GB gold medallists thanks to being ahead in the middle race. Germany took bronze.
This was Fletcher’s first Olympics, while Bithell had previously also won silver in London.
Charlotte Dobson, who is engaged to Fletcher, and Saskia Tidey had earlier begun the day with an outside chance of a medal in the women’s 49er FX after they had gone into the medal race in fifth but, with the Argentine crew surging into a lead down the left of the course, the British pair took a different line in an attempt to gain some places but their gamble went unrewarded. They turned down in 10th and, having only marginally improved over the second half of the course, came in seventh to slip back overall to sixth.