By Fiona Tomas, Sportsbeat – 0870 445 0156

DOUBLE Olympic medallist Hannah Mills is turning her attentions towards another gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after success on the water this summer with Eilidh McIntyre.

Following on from their victory at the World Cup Final in Santander in June, Mills and McIntyre secured World Championship silver in Greece last month.

And with former training partner Saskia Clark having retired from the sport after securing gold at Rio, Cardiff-born Mills suggested that she might partner McIntyre as she looks to defend her Olympic crown in three years’ time.

“The world champs were a kind of baptism of fire for us as a new team but it went really well,” said the 28-year-old, winner of women’s 470 silver at London 2012 and gold four years later in Rio.

“We learnt an awful lot and it’s a promising team for the future.

“I haven’t got anything set in stone in terms of what I’m doing direction-wise with my sailing, but we’re definitely a really viable option for Tokyo 2020 in terms of wining another gold medal which is my dream and my goal.

“I just need to spend a couple of weeks planning and thinking about my options and then pushing forward to Tokyo.”

It was a huge step forward for Rio 2016 champion Mills, who only returned to competition in May after experiencing concussion symptoms following a training collision in January and stomach problems which dogged her before the Rio Games – but the sailor is using her experience to reach out to others.

“I started suffering from stomach pains and bloating, so three months before Rio a nutritionist suggested going gluten and dairy free,” added Mills, who took on the role of tail walker for last Saturday’s parkrun event on the Isle of Wight as part of UK Sport’s #teamparkrun initiative to allow elite athletes to say thank you to the public for their support.

“I ended up re-introducing gluten back into my diet – it was the dairy that was the problem.

“I’ve just started a blog where I talk about my experiences and share what I’ve learnt through reading books and researching online, to try and give other people the information out there who are you’re struggling – I’ve really started being quite passionate about it.

“Hopefully I can help other people discover the solution that’s best for them.

“It’s been a journey, but there’s a lot of people who don’t have access to the things that we’re very lucky as athletes to have access to.

“I feel privileged to be able to share my knowledge with other people who hopefully I can help.”

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