Australian sailor missed his sister’s marriage ceremony to coach for the Olympics but it surely was all price it as he wins our record-breaking fourth gold medal of the day
Australia has gained its 14th gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics after sailor Matt Wearn gained the Laser class.
The 25-year-old West Australian secured a record-breaking fourth gold medal for Australia on Sunday following two wins within the pool and one other within the BMX freestyle.
Wearn’s dominance all through 10 common races meant he solely wanted end the ultimate race with out being disqualified on Sunday to assert gold.
Watching again residence in Perth, his household revealed Wearn had missed his sister’s marriage ceremony to compete in Tokyo.
It was additionally revealed Wearn loved a pre-race beer on Saturday evening after establishing a 22 level unassailable lead on Friday.
Sailor Matt Wearn celebrates after one other gold medal for Australia on Sunday
The minor medals had been up for grabs in Sunday’s race, the place Croatia’s Tonči Stipanović cliched silver whereas Norway’s Hermann Tomasgaard claimed bronze.
Wearn cruised to second in Sunday’s closing race to extend his lead towards the remainder of the sector and finish his Olympic marketing campaign on 53 factors.
‘It felt unusual to be holding again. As soon as we received into the race, all I needed to do was win,’ he advised 7News commentators.
‘The pure urges got here out then. Nice to complete with a second place within the race and seal the deal.
He stated the purpose was simply to exit and have a clear begin and be capable to race from there.
‘To have the ability to try this and simply benefit from the race was superior,’ he advised reporters.
‘It was a fantastic expertise – good wind, good waves. When the wind’s like this the game is simply wonderful and you actually begin to get pleasure from it.’
It’s Australia’s third consecutive Olympic crusing gold medal within the one-man class, with the 25-year-old following within the footsteps of Tom Burton (Rio 2016) and Tom Slingsby (London 2012).
‘I’ve at all times had in my thoughts that if I used to be going to win a gold that is the best way I needed to do it – I did not wish to depart it to likelihood within the medal race as a result of something can occur,’ Wearn advised Channel Seven a day earlier.
Matt Wearn of Crew Australia celebrates successful gold after ending first within the Males’s Laser class on day 9 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games at Enoshima Yacht Harbour on August 01, 2021 in Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan
Watching again residence in Perth, his household revealed Wearn had missed his sister’s marriage ceremony to compete in Tokyo. Pictured: Matt Wearn of Australia sails his method by a breaking wave on the Tokyo Olympic Video games
Wearn’s fiancee and companion of seven years, Belgian Emma Plasschaert was the 2018 world Laser radial champion and can later compete on Sunday.
She’s presently in fifth place.
‘We’ve not been capable of see one another a lot over the previous six months, and even while we have been right here with the COVID measures,’ Wearn stated.
‘However figuring out that she’s been right here for the entire time has been actually particular.’
Earlier on Sunday, Emma McKeon turned Australia’s most profitable Olympian with two gold medals inside 45 minutes by successful the 50 metre freestyle earlier than teaming up with Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges and Cate Campbell within the 4x 100m ladies’s medley relay.
Queenslander Logan Martin then made historical past by successful the primary Olympic Previous medal in
Australia has overtaken Russia on the general medal tally with 14 gold, three silver and 14 bronze.
Australia’s Matt Wearn trims his sail within the males’s laser medal race on the 2020 Summer season Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Fujisawa, Japan