OLYMPIC GAMES: Giles Scott extends his Finn advantage but Ben Saxton suffers a tough day of Nacra 17 racing

Huntingdon sailor Giles Scott during the fourth day of racing in the Finn Class at the Olympic Games

Huntingdon sailor Giles Scott during the fourth day of racing in the Finn Class at the Olympic Games. - Credit: Archant

Giles Scott insists the race for Finn class glory is far from over despite extending his advantage at the top of the standings yesterday.

Another race win – his third of the event – plus a third place ensured Huntingdon sailor Scott enjoyed another fine day at the office on Guanabara Bay.

The final two races of the opening series follow today ahead of Tuesday’s medal race, which is worth double points, when Scott can strike gold in his debut Games.

Scott boasts a 16-point advantage over Vasilij Zbogar of Slovenia with Australian sailor Jake Lilley currently in bronze-medal position.

Scott said: “I’m certainly not going to turn my nose up at a first and third. It’s nice to put in consistent results at the top of the fleet.


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It’s looking good going into the Sunday races, but there’s still a lot to play for.

“Having the points margin is a big confidence booster, but the thing for me to focus on is that it isn’t over.

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“I can’t get complacent and I know I still need to attack.”

It wasn’t such a good Saturday for Graham Water man Ben Saxton and his partner, Nicola Groves, in the Nacra 17 discipline.

They dropped to third in the overall standings after having to settle for 13th, 12th and 16th-placed finishes in the three races yesterday.

But they remain in the thick of the battle for glory with the top five nations separated by just seven points in the overall standings.

There are three more Nacra 17 races today ahead of a double-points medal race on Tuesday.

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