Finn

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The heavy­weight men’s dinghy has been a Games ever-present since Helsinki 1952. The boat was de­signed by Swede Rickard Sarby, who, quite won­der­fully, jug­gled his boat de­sign­ing with a job as a hair­dresser. Great Bri­tain is en­joy­ing a re­mark­able run of suc­cess. Up to 1996, Charles Cur­rey was the only Bri­ton to win a medal in the class, with sil­ver in 1952. Iain Percy won the na­tion’s first Finn gold at Syd­ney 2000, be­fore Sir Ben Ainslie’s re­mark­able run of three golds in 2004, 2008 and 2012. The onus is now on Giles Scott to win the ti­tle for a fifth suc­ces­sive time.

Who is on Team GB?

Giles Scott ( be­low) is the most suc­cess­ful sailor in the fleet, and one of Team GB’s best gold medal prospects. Scott nar­rowly missed out on se­lec­tion for Lon­don 201 to Ainslie. He re­sponded by win­ning 19 of 21 events over the past four years — fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the other two — as well as three con­sec­u­tive Finn World Cham­pi­onships.

Who is favourite?

It is hard to look be­yond Scott, but com­pe­ti­tion will come from Lon­don sil­ver medal­list Jonas Hogh Chris­tensen, the Dane who prompted Ainslie’s mem­o­rable “I’m an­gry … he did not want to make me an­gry” line four years ago. Kiwi Josh Ju­nior is one to watch.

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