Tokyo Olympics: Team GB sailors Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre win 470 gold

Last update on. From the section OlympicsTokyo Olympic Games on BBC Dates: 23 Jul-8 Aug Time in Tokyo: BST+8. Listen live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button; Listen live on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra, and Sounds; Live text and video clips available on BBC Sport app and website.Hannah Mills was the most successful female sailor of Olympic history when she and Eilidh MacIntyre won gold at Tokyo 2020 with 470 grams.They were fifth in the medal race but their previous performances were enough to beat silver medallists France and Poland in bronze.Mills, who was one of Team GB’s flag bearers at this opening ceremony, won gold at Rio and silver in London 2012.GB has now won five medals in sailing at Tokyo, three of them gold.McIntyre (27), follows in the footsteps her father Mike who won the sailing gold medal in the star class at Seoul's 1988 Olympics.An earlier race saw Britain's Chris Grube finish fifth in the men's470. Luke Patience, a London 2012 silver medallist, was fifth.After eight races, they were in second place. However, they dropped to fifth just before the medal race. They crossed the finish line in seventh.McIntyre and Mills contribute to sailing's successMcIntyre, 33, and Mills won two races at Enoshima Yacht Harbour and took a 14 point lead into Wednesday's medal race.They were able to finish in the top 7 and sat second in the medal race, behind the race winners Switzerland.After the third mark, they fell to fifth and remained there until they crossed the finish line.Their celebrations were temporarily halted after France protested against Great Britain.It was quickly dismissed and McIntyre were confirmed as Olympic champions.After Saskia Clark retired from the 2012 and 2016 Games, Mills was paired with McIntyre and went on to win 2019 world gold.Their Olympic win comes just days after Britain's Giles Scott retained the Finn title, and Dylan Fletcher won 49er gold.Britain's five medal total is just one shy of the record haul they achieved at the Beijing 2008 Olympics when they won six golds and four silvers.