470

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Key info

De­signed in France in the 1960s, the 470 dou­ble-handed dinghy (so named be­cause boat is 4.70 me­tres long) has been an Olympic class since Mon­treal 1976. Orig­i­nally an open class, it was split into re­spec­tive men’s and women’s di­vi­sions for the 1988 Games. The 470 is a small, ex­cep­tion­ally fast, and highly tech­ni­cal boat, and is de­signed to plane eas­ily in high winds – skim­ming across the top of the waves in the fash­ion of a power­boat. Bri­tain have won five sil­ver medals across the men’s and women’s di­vi­sions, but so far a gold medal has eluded the na­tion.

Who is on Team GB?

Saskia Clark and Han­nah Mills ( be­low) will aim to go one bet­ter in Rio, hav­ing won sil­ver in

Lon­don. Luke Pa­tience – who also won sil­ver four years ago – com­petes along­side Chris Grube af­ter his orig­i­nal part­ner, El­liot Wil­lis, was di­ag­nosed with cancer in 2015.

Who is favourite?

The women’s fleet looks very open, with no one team dom­i­nat­ing dur­ing the qua­dren­nial, al­though Aus­tria’s Lara Vad­lau and Jolanta Ogar have two world ti­tles and will be in medal con­tention. Mean­while, the men to beat are Aus­tralian duo Mat Belcher and Mal­colm Page, who won gold in Lon­don.

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