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Team GB’s Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre win sailing gold medal in women’s 470 class

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Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre have won a sailing gold medal in the women’s 470 class.

Mills, 33, becomes Britain’s most successful female Olympic sailor ever – adding this gold medal to her gold in Rio and her silver in London.

Cardiff-born Mills and 27-year-old McIntyre – who made her debut this Games – jumped into the water to celebrate their Olympic title.

Mills and McIntyre have dominated the regatta at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour, winning two races and only twice finishing outside the top four, and they went into the medal race with a 14-point lead.

That meant they only needed to finish in the top seven to clinch gold and they were never in any danger, crossing the line comfortably in fifth.

McIntyre follows in the footsteps of her father Mike – the gold medallist in the Star class at the Seoul Games in 1988.

The pair secured Great Britain’s 14th gold of this year’s Games and built on Team GB’s sailing success seen on the waters of Enoshima on Tuesday.

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Great Britain's Hannah Mills and Eilidh Mcintyre sail past Mt. Fuji during the women's 470
Image: The gold medal winning pair sail past Mt. Fuji during the 470 race. Pic: AP

Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell won gold in the 49ers, quickly followed by Giles Scott who took the Olympic title in the Finn class.

Then, John Gimson and Anna Burnet won the silver medal in the mixed Nacra 17 class.

The four medals is the country’s second best Olympic tally after Beijing in 2008, when they won six sailing medals, including four golds.

Earlier, there was disappointment for Britons Luke Patience and Chris Grube who missed out on a medal in the men’s 470.

There were high hopes for the pair who were sitting second after eight races but dropped to fifth ahead of the medal race and that was where they finished after crossing the line in seventh.