The dinghy is one of the fleet’s most recognisable boats and the relatively low cost means it attracts the widest pool of nations of any class. The fleet, with 46 boats, is the largest at the Games, and guarantees some of the closest racing. Sailors receive a supplied boat, aimed at ensuring a level playing field. The Laser Radial, slightly smaller than the Standard, was introduced for Beijing 2008, to replace the Europe as the women’s solo dinghy.
Who is on Team GB?
Two world titleholders. Nick Thompson, 30, who makes his Olympic debut, won the Laser world title in 2015 and 2016, so is among the favourites. Alison Young ( below) this year became the first British woman to win the world title in a solo Olympic dinghy class, and will entertain equally high medal hopes in the Laser Radial.
Who is favourite?
One of Thompson’s main rivals is Robert Scheidt. The 12-time Laser world champion, 43, is one of Brazil’s most successful Olympians. He pipped Ben Ainslie for gold in the Laser in 1996. China’s Lijia Xu, who won gold in London, will be tough to beat in the Laser Radial.