Giles Scott defends his Finn class title at the Tokyo Olympics

Another sailing GOLD! Team GB’s Giles Scott defends his Finn class title in nail-biting style over the final 20 METRES at the Tokyo Olympics having finished fourth in double-points decider

  • Giles Scott was already guaranteed a medal going into the decider on Tuesday
  • However, he only struck gold in the final 20 metres in a heart-stopping finale
  • Scott needed to finish fourth because rival Zsombor Berecz won the final race
  • Great Britain have now won the Finn class event six consecutive times

Giles Scott proved himself one of Britain’s greatest ever sailors ever by winning his second Olympic title in the Finn.

The 34-year-old was strongly positioned and already guaranteed a medal going into the double-points decider but he only clinched the gold in the final 20 metres, coming through to take fourth in a heart-stopping finale.

He needed that position because Hungarian Zsombor Berecz, his chief rival, won the race and stood to take the gold before a never-say-day Scott prevailed to live up to his status as firm favourite.

Giles Scott celebrates after reigning supreme in the Finn class at the Tokyo Olympics

Scott celebrates with Hungary’s Zsombor Berecz (right) and Spain’s Joan Cardona Mendez (left) who gained silver and bronze respectively

Britain have now won this event six consecutive times.

So Scott, the main man in the sailing team and competing in his last Olympics, follows legends Iain Percy (2000) and Sir Ben Ainslie (2004, 2008, 2012) as the undisputed king of the Finn.

The Cambridgeshire-born hulk hit the boat in delight after crossing the line and then waved the Union Flag. 

Scott just about fended off the challenge of his chief rival Berecz on Tuesday in Tokyo

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