Athens silver medallists Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield added their second silver to the brace of gold medals won by Britain on the Qingdao Olympic sailing track this morning.
In a hard-fought race staged in tricky conditions, they started the day in fourth position but finished third in the double points shoot-out and, more importantly, were enough places ahead of the previous silver medal contenders, the Dutch and the eventual bronze medallists, the French, to leapfrog both.
"This was much more satisfying than winning the silver in Athens," said Glanfield afterwards, who added that, after sailing together for 11 years and winning a fourth and two seconds in successive Olympics, they felt thay had done Britain proud. "Today it's all about elation and we're proud and relieved we just got on with it," said Glanfield.
Rogers said they had strayed a little apart in the team hotel the previous night when the rest were celebrating gold for Ben Ainslie, his third in succession, and the second for the Yngling women, Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb plus new crew Pippa Wilson. "We tried to stay as calm and flat as possible," said Rogers. "We went out today saying this is not about emotion, it is about making the right decisions. It's been a pretty full on week."