Thursday 22 March 2018

Giles Scott back on course for Olympic gold after strong second day

Giles Scott has forced his way back into contention for gold
Giles Scott has forced his way back into contention for gold

Giles Scott got his Olympic gold medal hopes firmly back on track on his second day of competition in the Finn class in Rio.

The 29-year-old, seen as the heir to Sir Ben Ainslie's throne, is hot favourite to land the title in his first Games and recovered from a frustrating opening day to lead the competition after four races.

Having sat a lowly 10th overnight, Scott finished second and first in races three and four to revitalise his fortunes. He has a five-point cushion over Slovenia's Vasilij Zbogar in second.

"It's absolutely an advantage, but I've still got that 17th (place in race one) looming over me," he said.

"I'm happy to have had a good second day."

Fellow Briton Nick Thompson also enjoyed a positive day in the laser, taking second and first-placed finishes to lie second to Croatia's Tonci Stipanovic after six races.

In the Nacra 17 mixed Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves lie second to the Swiss boat.

In the 470 class London 2012 silver medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are sixth after two races, while in the men's competition Chris Grube and Luke Patience are 11th.

Ireland's Annalise Murphy was in gold-medal position in the laser radial event after finishing fifth and second in races five and six. Alison Young was 13th overall.

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