World champion Scott has Rio firmly in his sights

28 September 2014 / 20:42

Rio 2016 may be two years out but recently crowned world sailing champion Giles Scott admits the countdown is already well underway.

Scott, 27, claimed Great Britain’s only gold medal at the World Championships in Santander earlier this month with a dominant performance on the water.

It maintained his unbeaten run since returning to Finn class sailing a year ago, but while successes are quickly building up – his 2014 crown made it back-to-back world titles – Scott is already looking at events on the horizon.

Two years ago Scott missed out on selection for London 2012 with Sir Ben Ainslie the man chosen instead.

Ainslie went on to clinch his fourth gold medal in successive Games to become the most decorated sailor in Olympic history.

But Scott, who has already tasted victory in Brazilian waters at the Rio International Regatta, is determined to keep his recent run of success going.

"When you plan it out and put it all out on a calendar, two years does feel very small and just around the corner," Scott told BBC Radio Solent.

"In the build up to London it was frustrating not being able to compete, but looking back all I can do now is use that as fuel to get me to Rio. That's my focus.

"I came away (from the test event in Rio) feeling pretty positive. The water quality wasn't great but didn't stop us racing. There was some decent wind.

"All I can do is focus on the future and learn from my mistakes in the past.”

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