The golden Games: Australia beats its London and Rio medal tallies as sailor Matt Wearn clinches gold two days before the final race
On an action-packed day seven, sailor Matt Wearn secured a gold medal two days before the final race after taking an unassailable lead in the one-man Laser class.
Having started the day behind Cyprus’ Pavlos Kontides, the 25-year-old managed to win both of Thursday’s heats, putting him far enough ahead on points to clinch the event.
Matt Wearn has secured Australia’s 10th gold medal after taking an unassailable lead in the on-man Laser class
Wearn kicked-off Friday’s race in rocky fashion, finishing 17th and 28th in the first two heats, but later finished second, fourth, second, second, first and first across the next six.
The finishing position in every race is added to each Olympic sailor’s score with their worst performance discarded, in order to decide the medal finishing position.
On Friday afternoon Wearn cemented an insurmountable 22-point lead after 10 races and must merely complete the course on Sunday without disqualification.
The medal race on Sunday is worth double points but Norway’s second-placed Hermann Tomasgaard is unable to overtake him.
25-year-old Wearn ensured gold for the Australian team when he finished eighth and 12th respectively in both of Friday’s races.
Australia won three consecutive gold medals in the mens Laser competition at both Rio and London’s games, with Tom Burton and Tom Slingsby as the country’s respective winners.
On Friday swimmer Emma McKeon became Australia’s sixth gold medallist with an incredible victory in the 100m freestyle final.
Clocking an Olympic record of 51.96 seconds McKeon took the lead ahead of Hong Kong’s Siobahn Haughey, with fellow Australian Cate Campbell finishing the race at 52.52 to take home the bronze.
The Australian swimmers shared an emotional embrace after the thrilling race with Mckeon telling Campbell, ‘I’m so proud of you.’
Bronze medallist Cate Campbell and sixth gold winner Emma Mckeon after Friday’s 100m freestyle final