Great Britain finish Tokyo test event with six medals

Great Britain finish Tokyo test event with six medals

22 August 2019 / 13:16

Great Britain topped the medal table at the Tokyo test regatta, with Hannah Mills and Giles Scott moving the tally to six on the final day.

Mills and Eilidh McIntyre took silver in the women’s 470 class, finishing behind French duo Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz.

The pair were just a point back going into the medal race but a mistake at the start proved costly, although they were able to recover and secure second spot.

“I have mixed emotions. We thought we were over the start line for the medal race so we had to go back, and to be honest from that point we knew the gold medal was lost just because of how light the wind was,” said Mills – who won Olympic gold in Rio alongside Saskia Clark.

Mills’ fellow gold medallist Giles Scott was also on the medal podium, with bronze in the Finn class.

A lack of wind in Tokyo meant only the 470 went ahead, leaving Scott stuck in third and unable to improve.

“I finished third overall and it’s a little bittersweet,” the 32-year-old said.

“It’s good to win a medal but the back-end of the week didn’t go well for me which meant I slipped down to third

“Postponement is something we have to get used to in sailing. If there’s no wind we can’t go racing, and that was the case. It’s disappointing not to be able to go out and attack but I’ll have to settle for the bronze.”

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