Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre win gold for Great Britain in class 470

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre win gold for Great Britain in class 470

Hannah Mills wins back-to-back Olympic titles after her gold medal in the 470 category at the Rio 2016 Games; Britain topped the Tokyo 2020 sailing medal table with three gold, one silver and one bronze

Last update: 08/04/21 8:37 am

Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre won another gold for the GB team in sailing

Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre won gold for Great Britain in the women’s sailing class 470 event at the Tokyo Olympics.

Poles Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Jolanta Ogar won silver, while Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz took bronze for France.

Mills, who carried the British flag at the opening ceremony with rower Mohamed Sbihi, won silver in London and gold in Rio with Saskia Clark in the same boat.

Mills and McIntyre had dominated the regatta at Enoshima Harbor, winning two races and finishing just twice outside the top four, and they entered the medal race with a 14-point lead.

This meant they only had to finish in the top seven to clinch gold and they were never in danger, comfortably crossing the line in fifth.

The victory continued for two hugely successful days for the British sailors, Mills and McIntyre taking home three gold medals following the success of Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell in 49er and Giles Scott in Finn on Tuesday.

This is the second best Olympic tally in the country after Beijing in 2008, when they won six medals, including four gold.

Mills teamed up with McIntyre, 27, when Clark retired after the Olympic Games in Rio and the couple established themselves as the one to beat by winning the world championships in Enoshima in 2019.

It is a first Olympic medal for McIntyre, who follows in the footsteps of his father Mike – the gold medalist in the Star class at the Seoul Games in 1988.

There was disappointment, however, for 2012 silver medalist Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men’s 470.

They were in second place after eight races, but dropped to fifth place before the medal race and that’s where they finished after crossing the line in seventh.


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