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Aussies, Kiwis beat British for sailing golds

WEYMOUTH, England (AP) — Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! And don’t forget the Kiwis.

A gold medal went to each side of the Tasman Sea on Friday in a dominating showing from Down Under in sailing’s 470 class.

Australia‘s Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, and New Zealand‘s Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie won the gold medals Friday by overwhelming their British rivals.

The victory by Belcher and Page guaranteed that Australia will win more sailing gold medals than the strong, well-funded British team.

The Aussies lead the British three to one in golds, with only the women’s match racing to be decided. The Australian crew is still alive in women’s match racing while Britain’s was sent home in the quarterfinals.

Belcher and Page backflipped off their dinghy after the finish, causing it to capsize. When Aleh and Powrie came ashore, their teammates and coaches lifted them up, boat and all, and carried them into the boat park.

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