Aug 03, 2021
Brazilian sailors Grael and Kunze won in the 49er FX class at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics while Great Britain won the 49er and Finn classes. Italy took the Olympic gold in the Nacra 17.
Giles Scott has defended his Olympic title in the men’s Finn class when during the medal race he finished fourth, claiming the gold medal. This is Team GB’s sixth consecutive gold in the Finn.
Scott was nine points ahead over Hungary’s Zsombor Berecz when the medal race started. At the start of the race, Scott believed he had false-started and decided to play it safe and looped around.
This allowed Berecz to finish the finish line first, however that was not enough as the British sailor recovered and finished fourth, ensuring his victory. The hungarian sailor won the silver medal and Cardona Mendez of Spain won the bronze medal.
The British sailor had won six races out of ten in the qualifying rounds, but had to finish in the top five in order to win the gold. Berecz finished 2 points behind Scott. This is Berecz’s first Olympic medal of his career, as he finished 12th at Rio 2016.
Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell started the 49er medal race in second, four points behind New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. They were also at the same level as Spain when the medal race started. This had to be postponed due to lack of wind on Monday.
The British pair began an aggressive race early on and throughout the race they fought against New Zealand and Germany. In the end, victory was for the British, who ranked No1 in the world. The Germans came in second in the medal race and New Zealand third.
This closed the four-point gap: Britain achieved gold and became the 2020 Olympic champions, New Zealand silver and Germany bronze. Spain had to settle for fourth place.
Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) won in the women’s 49erFX as Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke (GER) won silver and Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz (NED) bronze.
Brazil struggled for a lane out of the start but found a gap in the last 10 seconds and was able to tack out to the right as all the other nine boats carried on towards the left. In the first place, Argentina won the Medal Race by a long distance from Norway. However, Brazil only needed to cross the finish third to defend their Olympic title from Rio 2016.
The Netherlands team were fighting with Germany and Spain for the silver and bronze medal. Everything seemed to be lost for the Dutch team as they got stuck on the outside of a slow mark rounding at the leeward gate, however they pulled back, getting them ahead of Tamara Echegoyen and Paula Barcelo (ESP) for the bronze.