Huntingdon’s Giles Scott gearing up for a thrilling finale in Tokyo

Giles Scott believes the Olympic Finn sailing class will be decided by a matter of inches, so a double victory on day two was just what the doctor ordered.

The Huntingdon sailor had come ninth in both races on day one of the regatta but bounced back in style at Enoshima Yacht Harbour 24 hours later – navigating changing conditions to claim back-to-back wins.

That moved him to fourth in the overall standings, well within striking distance of the top three as he looks to defend the Olympic Finn title he claimed at Rio 2016.

And focusing on the fundamentals paid dividends for Scott, as he admits everything just came together for him in Tokyo.

“We had a much better day. We had a bit of a change in weather and conditions changed,” said the 34-year-old, whose race was broadcast live on Eurosport and Discovery+.

“Yesterday I came off the water pretty frustrated with the way I’d fallen out on a few of the big moments in the races which resulted in two ninths, which wasn’t ideal.

“But today was fortunately different so I’ll try and do what I can to repeat more like today and forget about yesterday.

“With regard to the way I sailed and the weather conditions, I got it right today. I set the boat up well, I was quick and put it in the right place. Just all the simple stuff really and it just came together.”

With six races still to go before the medal race, there’s plenty of time for the leaderboard to change – something Scott is well aware of.

And as he gears up to return to the water for two more races on Thursday, the reigning champion is contemplating the fine margins.

“Every race is so important,” he added. “These Olympics are historically won and lost on a matter of inches and I think you’ve got to fight for everyone of those.

“Tomorrow is no different and I’ll do the same – or at least try to.”

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