20 August 2019

British sailors in the hunt for Tokyo medals at Olympic testing event

All six British entries at the Tokyo Olympic Sailing Test event have confirmed their places in the medal races.

The event is taking place in Enoshima, Japan ahead of next year's Olympics.

Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey are leading the way in the 49erFX fleet while Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntrye put in a strong performance to move into second in the 470 women's fleet. Mills boasts an impressive run at test events having claimed silver in 2011 and 2015 ahead of her silver in London in 2012 and gold in Rio alongside Saskia Clark.

Mills and McIntryre are hoping to build on their success from a recent world-championship gold medal and continue this momentum into defending Mills' title next year.

Also going well following a race win is Emma Wilson in the Women's RS:X and the mixed duo of Anna Burnet and John Gimson claimed a race win to sit second in the Nacra 17 while compatriots Nikki Boniface and Ben Saxton are trailing in fifth.

Wilson, 20 from Christchurch, Dorset, is enjoying the event and using it as preparation for a potential Olympic spot, saying: "It's my goal to try and keep steady throughout. I know things aren't always going to go your way but if you keep chipping away things will hopefully turn out well.

She added: "I'm excited for the medal race. I'll always try to keep on learning and it'll be fun."

Other Brits in the medal hunt are Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470, Ali Young in the Laser Radial, Giles Scott in the Finn and Tom Squires in the Men's RS:X.

Britain's history on the rough seas is littered with Olympic medals and Team GB will be hoping for continued success at next year's games.

Team GB Sailors will be hoping to emulate Ben Ainslie's achievements (PA Images) (PA Images)

The test event continues until August 22 with medals now up for grabs from today's races onwards.

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