Team GB's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell assured silver ahead of Thursday's final 470 class race


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Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell are mathematically assured of at least a silver medal in the men's 470 class at London 2012.

The pair have amassed a large enough points margin after today's first race to be sure that the third-placed crew - currently Argentina - cannot catch them.

Patience and Bithell now face a straight fight with Australia's world champions Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page for gold.

There is one more fleet race today, before the medal race on Thursday.