Page, Belcher claim 470 gold

Malcolm Page and Mathew Belcher won the men's 470 dinghy gold medal.
Malcolm Page and Mathew Belcher won the men's 470 dinghy gold medal. Clive Mason - Getty Images

MALCOLM Page and Mathew Belcher won the men's 470 dinghy gold medal on Friday, ensuring Australia will topple hosts Great Britain and finish on top of the Olympic sailing regatta medal table.

Page also cemented his place in history as Australia's most successful Olympic sailor, claiming his second gold medal.

The reigning world champions started Friday's extremely tense medal race on Weymouth Bay already assured of a silver medal and with British pair Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell the only other crew challenging for the gold.

The Britons had to finish the race two boats ahead of Page and Belcher to snatch victory.

But the Australians sailed brilliantly in the light winds and finished the race second, with Patience and Bithell fourth.

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