PORTLAND pair Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell remain top of the 49er standings at Tokyo 2020.

With three fleet races – plus the medal race – to go, they are tied level with two other teams on net 34 points.

New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are in second, while the Spanish team of Diego Botin le Chever and Iago Lopez Marra are in third.

Fletcher and Bithell claimed a second and third either side of a 16th on the third day of racing.

Elsewhere, Portland’s Saskia Tidey and Charlotte Dobson endured a difficult day in the 49erFX with a 16th, 14th and 15th.

They drop to fourth, a net seven points off leaders Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz of the Netherlands.

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Poole’s Hannah Mills, flagbearer for Team GB, is second in the women’s 470 with partner Eilidh McIntyre following two third-place finishes.

There was also good news for Ali Young in the Laser Radial, who continued her strong finish to the fleet racing by qualifying for the medal race on Sunday.

However, her Laser colleague Elliot Hanson suffered heartbreak as his 12th overall was insufficient to qualify for the medal race.

Early this morning, Dorset’s Emma Wilson goes for gold in the women’s RS:X windsurfing.

Wilson, 22, is currently second behind China’s Lu Yunxiu and is guaranteed a bronze at worst.

Fellow windsurfer Tom Squires is also looking to medal in the men’s RS:X, but requires a 14-point gain when starting from sixth position.

Fletcher said: “I think the 49er class is always super tight when it becomes a bit lighter. It becomes about a clear lane and a bit of management. We said it was going to be a bit higher scoring and I definitely think we saw. Unfortunately we picked up a big one in the second race which we probably didn’t need.

“We were a bit sticky off the line and I didn’t make the best decision on the first beat. We clawed our way back in to nicely, just unfortunate we picked the wrong side of the run on the final downwind.

“I find it quite a difficult venue to see the breeze and I just got that wrong. It was about eight places I think we lost down that run.

“I don’t think we had a good one at all last Games. I think the highest we place we got to was fourth and after day two we were 14th so it’s quite different to be in with the hunt. If we had been told at the start of the week we would have been in this position going into the last day of fleet racing we would have been super happy.

“I’m really proud of how we have been sailing. I think its nice racing out there. Pete and Blair, we’ve had some tight crosses, they’ve had some tight crosses with us and there’s a lot of respect and it feels good fun in that sort of racing.”