Sailing silvers for Britain

The Bolton News: Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark claimed silver in the 470 class Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark claimed silver in the 470 class

Great Britain claimed two sailing silver medals in the 470 class on Friday.

Both went into their medal races in second place, guaranteed at least second place and looking for more. Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell needed at least one boat between them and Australians Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, but after an impressive start they lost ground on their rivals, who finished ahead of the home favourites to claim victory.

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark were in a similar situation, level with Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie and needing to beat them for gold, but it was the New Zealand pair who came out on top as Britain claimed their fourth sailing silver.

Patience said: "It's been three years, four years of hard work together and we're here standing on an Olympic podium.

"It's not gold but there's plenty of time. We're young boys and we'll be coming back and we'll mean business next time around yet again.

"For now, enjoy the moment. Stuart's an absolute legend and we're happy, happy boys.

"What a week. Regatta of our lives. What a place. We're in paradise, aren't we? It's cool - so cool."

Mills added: "It was tricky. We felt the left had better breeze, which is why we wanted to get left, but the wind died and that was kind of game over.

"I am pretty gutted, to be honest, but we've had a wicked 18 months together. Sas is amazing and we've had a great time."

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