Olympics Daily Debrief, Day 7- More Gold Medals than Medal Races
Two medal races, three gold medals. The RS:X wrap up the Olympics, and the Finns already have their champion.
Today was truly Super Sunday for the Great Britain sailing squad. With Nick Dempsey’s record-breaking silver in the RS:X (he now has three RS:X medals, the most in history) and Giles Scott securing Finn gold with an unassailable lead going into Monday’s medal race, the Brits pulled into second place in the overall Olympic medal count — quite a feat for the small nation.
Dempsey was beat out of the top spot before the medal race even began, by Netherland’s Dorian Van Rijsselberghe in a carbon-copy repeat of the 2012 Games, but had himself secured silver in the same manner. If Van Rijsselberghe didn’t make enough of a statement securing gold before the final, he won the medal race, too.
“We had a wonderful week sailing and today it was only just for show, but I’m glad that I pulled off another first place and win,” says Van Rijsselberghe. “I’m very fortunate.”