OLYMPIC GAMES: Saxton won’t give up on medal, Scott completes his golden journey, McLeod helps hockey side into semi-finals and Grabarz into high-jump final

Ben Saxton and partner Nicola Groves in action in the Nacra 17 class in Rio.

Ben Saxton and partner Nicola Groves in action in the Nacra 17 class in Rio. - Credit: Archant

Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves head into the Nacra 17 medal race today refusing to rule out the chance of finishing their first-ever Olympic Games on the podium.

The British duo sit in eighth place overall, with 19 points separating them from the Austraian pair of Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank, who currently occupy the bronze medal position.

But with that final race worth double points, there is still an outside chance that Grafham Water member Saxton and Groves could wrestle that final podium spot into their possession if they can take victory.

Saxton said: “It has been great to be part of the team with the whole support network and I have had an awesome time.”

Fellow Huntingdon sailor Giles Scott completes his triumphant Finn class campaign today.


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Scott has already secured the gold medal ahead of the medal race in that discipline.

Ex-St Ives hockey player Hannah MacLeod helped the Great Britain team reach the semi-finals of the women’s hockey tournament last night.

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They beat Spain 3-1 at the quarter-final stage to set up a semi-final showdown against New Zealand tomorrow (Wednesday).

Former St Neots resident Robbie Grabarz succeeded in his mission to reach the final of the high jump.

Grabarz cleared 2.29m to make the cut as 44 entrants were whittled down to 12 for a final which takes place in the early hours of tomorrow morning UK time.

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