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  • All sailing was suspended at Weymouth and Portland Olympic sailing venue yesterday due to a severe lack of winds.
  • Both the Men’s 470 medal race, featuring Team GB's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, has been rescheduled for today at 12pm.
  • Today’s penultimate day of the Olympic sailing regatta will see Weymouth's 470 Women's World Champions Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark vie for a spot on the podium from 1pm.
  • The Elliott 6m keelboat women's Match Racing class semi-finals will continue on the Nothe course from 2.30pm.

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Here's the latest Olympic video!

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Weymouth's 470 Girls have won Olympic silver in their race in home waters.

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark were guaranteed silver or gold going in to the final medal showdown.

The New Zealand team of Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie won gold.

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Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell have won Olympic 470 Men’s silver – Great Britain’s fourth sailing medal of London 2012.

The medal is Olympics debut silverware for the pair.

The pair went into today’s double points’ medal race sitting second overall, four points behind Australian leaders, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page.

With every placing worth two points in the medal race, the Brits had to finish ahead of the Aussies with at least one boat in between them.

The Brits got off to a great start and in the early stages it was advantage Patience and Bithell.

But the Australians started to take control in the light winds on the first downwind leg and rounded the second mark leading.

Despite the breeze increasing slightly heading back up to the top mark the Brits couldn’t quite get the jump on the Aussie boat and a British penalty for pumping on the final downwind run consolidated Australia’s hold on gold as they crossed the line in second and Britain fourth.

Speaking immediately after the race, Bithell said: “We tried it, we got the better of them at the start and just managed to sneak ahead but we also got ahead of the rest of the fleet!

They sailed a fantastic race, we tried to attack but they are worthy champions. We’re happy with second, it’s our first Games.”

Patience added: “It’s just so good. It’s been three years hard work together, 15 years up there, and here we are standing on the Olympic podium.

"We’re young boys, there’s still plenty of time, we will be coming back. What a week, we’ve sailed the regatta of our lives, what a place, we’re in paradise.”

The 470 Men’s medal followed Ben Ainslie’s Finn gold and Iain Percy / Andrew Simpson’s Star silver on Sunday and Nick Dempsey’s RS:X Windsurfing silver on Tuesday.

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Next up, the women's 470 class! Come on Saskia and Hannah!

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Just watching Stuart Bithell's mum on the TV, she told the BBC: "It's absolutely fantastic, the spirit here has been wonderful"

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Silver for Stuart Bithell and Luke Patience in the men's 470 class. Australia take gold and Argentina take bronze.

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Well it's going to be a cracking day filled with sunshine, hopefully the wind will be on the side of the contenders today

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Today Team GB has two shots for gold in the 470 class!

Yesterday Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell's final showdown was postponed due to lack of wind. Their medal race takes place at noon on the Nothe course.

Weymouth’s World Champions Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, who are also currently in silver medal position and guaranteed a spot on either the top or second step of the podium, have their medal race on the same course
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11:25am Fri 10 Aug 12

WeyDave says...

Is the Sailing going ahead? Not much wind today either!
Is the Sailing going ahead? Not much wind today either! WeyDave
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