Tokyo Olympics: Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell win gold for Nice Britain in males's 49er crusing

Tokyo Olympics: Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell win gold for Nice Britain in males's 49er crusing

Dylan Fletcher and Stuart BithellDylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell’s gold was Nice Britain’s twelfth of Tokyo 2020Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8Protection: Watch dwell on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Crimson Button and on-line; Pay attention on BBC Radio 5 Reside, Sports activities Further and Sounds; dwell textual content and video clips on BBC Sport web site and app.

Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell took gold for Nice Britain after successful a dramatic males’s 49er medal race.

GB held off Germany on the line in a breathless end, with New Zealand’s world and Olympic champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke unable to guard their four-point lead going into the race.

The New Zealand pair crossed in third and needed to accept silver, whereas third was adequate for Germany’s Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel to take bronze.

Victory was Britain’s twelfth gold of the Video games and a outstanding outcome for Fletcher, 31, and Bithell, 34, to prevail in opposition to Burling and Tuke, who’ve received six World Championships collectively and had been each on the final two America’s Cup-winning groups.

The GB pair went into the medal race degree in second with Spain’s Diego Botin and Iago Lopez, silver medallists on the 2020 World Championships.

Each groups trailed New Zealand by 4 factors, with a 10-point cushion to Germany and Denmark.

The Britons led for many of the medal race and though Burling and Tuke briefly moved into second, which might have clinched gold for the Kiwi boat, the Germans fought again earlier than being held off by Fletcher and Bithel in an exciting cost for the end.

It’s GB’s second crusing medal of the Tokyo Olympics and Bithell’s second total having received silver with Luke Endurance within the 470 class at London 2012.

Bithell missed out on choice for Rio 2016, the place Fletcher completed sixth within the 49er class with Alain Signal.

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