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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.

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