Olympic sailing: Light winds, disqualifications and more medals

It was a light day on the water for the sixth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition, which saw new competitors at the front

Medal Races where first brought into the Olympic Sailing Competition in an attempt to provide a final race showdown for the medals, while maintaining the integrity of the sailing competition. Thus the top ten sailors from each class go through to a double points medal race theoretically to try to settle their positions.

However, so far this regatta we have now seen two sailors wrap up their competition ahead of the medal race. Yesterday Kiran Badloe of Netherlands finished his Men’s RS:X Windsurfer regatta only needing to complete the Medal Race on Saturday to secure gold.

Today, Australia’s Matt Wearn has wrapped up the gold medal in the Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition, making him the third consecutive Australian to have achieved the feat. All of which has happened ahead of his medal race on Sunday.

Austalia’s Matt Wearn hugs his girlfriend Belgium Laser Radial sailor Emma Plasschaert after he secured gold in the Laser. Photo: Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Wearn’s achievement is all the more remarkable given the Aussie had a (by his high standards) disappointing opening day in Enoshima, where the Tokyo 2020 Olympic sailing competition is taking place.

Elsewhere, Denmarks’ Anne-Marie Rindom could have wrapped up a gold medal in the Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial, but for a big misunderstanding.

The big story overnight from the Olympic regatta has been that of a number of crews picking up disqualification for a measurement infringement.

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