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Sport in Brief: Magnificent seven medals for British sailors

Britain's Olympic sailors gave notice of more success in the build-up to 2012, taking seven medals in the finals of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth yesterday, writes Stuart Alexander.

Gold went to the reigning Olympic champions Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in the Star class, and to Nic Asher and Elliot Willis in the 470, where Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell took silver. Silvers also went to Ed Wright in the Finn, 2008 bronze medallist windsurfer Bryony Shaw, and the match-race trio of Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Allie Martin. The 470 pair of Pippa Wilson and Saskia Clark won bronze.

Barham stays on course

England's Benn Barham looks poised to win the Austrian Open as he takes a three-shot lead into today's final round. Barham hit a third-round 67 to extend his domination of the leaderboard, three ahead of Denmark's Soren Hansen. England's Richard Bland is in fifth at 13 under, with Scotland duo Scott Drummond and David Drysdale joint seventh at nine under.

England win Ashes again

England were 10-1 winners in the inaugural Ashes against Australia in Newcastle and Gateshead. Australia won the men's discus through Scott Martin but after that it was one-way traffic. Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu and Marlon Devonish both set British best times in the women's and men's 150m respectively. Greg Rutherford, Hannah England, William Sharman, Richard Kilty and Charlotte Purdue also claimed wins.