Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) have already won the Women's 470 gold medal with the Medal Race to spare, but behind the British it's shaping up to be an intriguing battle for silver and bronze.
A few protests last night have shaken up the running order. A disqualification from race eight has relegated Tina Mrak and Veronika Macarol (SLO) from the bronze medal position down to seventh overall and with a much slighter chance of a medal. A disqualification from race 9 has dropped the double World Champions Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar (AUT) out of medal contention altogether.
The team that have endured some brutal moments in an otherwise stellar week are the 2012 Olympic Champions Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL). Despite counting a disqualification in their scores, some excellent results including four race wins see the Kiwis in silver medal position on the leaderboard. However, so close are the points that they go into the double-points Medal Race effectively tied with Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha (USA) and reigning World Champions Camille Lecointre and Hélène de France (FRA).
Just two points back are Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka (JPN) and Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes van Veen (NED) are still well within striking distance.
Giles Scott (GBR) has already said how happy he is to have wrapped up the Finn gold medal before contesting the Medal Race on the notoriously fickle Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) course. With a 24-point lead over second place, the four-time World Champion will sail Tuesday's Medal Race as a formality. Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) holds a 13 point lead over Ivan Gaspic (CRO), which sets up the Slovenian nicely for the silver medal, while the Croatian will have to be mindful of the fourth and fifth placed sailors, Caleb Paine (USA) and Max Salminen (SWE) in the fight for the remaining medals. If Zbogar were to finish last and either of the American or the Swede were to finish first, they could just take the silver provided the Croatian is worse than third. Sounds like a tall order, but Salminen won an 'impossible' gold medal at London 2012 sailing with Freddie Loof in the Star. Strange things can happen in Medal Races, especially on this race course.
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