Giles Scott has completed his final victory lap and successfully become Team GB's 17th gold medallist of the Rio 2016 Games so far. The 29-year-old sailor from Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, a four-time world champion making his Olympic debut, was already guaranteed top spot in the men's finn class before Tuesday's (16 August) finale after building an impregnable lead.
There was no pressure whatsoever on Scott leading into the closing medal race and he eventually crossed the finish line in second behind Caleb Paine, who ended up claiming bronze for the United States. Jorge Zarif was third for Brazil on the day and Slovenia's Vasilij Zbogar took silver after finishing second in the overall standings.
Great Britain have dominated the finn event for five straight Olympics now, with Sir Ben Ainslie, who medalled in the laser at Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, switching classes and winning three straight titles between 2004-12. He was knighted after his success in London, which made him the most decorated Olympic sailor of all time.
Scott, now based in Weymouth, missed out on competing at his home Games, with only one boat selected per class. However, Ainslie's decision not to compete for a fifth career gold in Rio opened the door for his domestic rival to qualify. The two men will now work together in an attempt to win the prestigious 2017 America's Cup yacht race for Team Land Rover BAR.
470 pair Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills will also be crowned Olympic champions tomorrow as they take an unassailable 20-point lead into their medal race.