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Two sailing golds head seven-medal haul for Team GB

Team GB claimed a magnificent seven medals on day 11 of the Tokyo Olympics.

American gymnast Simone Biles also provided one of the great stories of the Games, as she took bronze in the women’s beam. Biles had withdrawn from earlier events as she struggled with her mental health.

The British sailors provided a golden start to Tuesday as Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell struck gold in the rescheduled men’s 49er class and Giles Scott retained his Finn class title soon afterwards.

John Gimson and Anna Burnet added a silver in the mixed Nacra 17 class before Jack Laugher finished third in the three metre springboard final.

The women’s team pursuit squad led by Laura Kenny took silver behind Germany, who won gold in a world record time, while her husband Jason was a silver medallist in the men’s team sprint behind Holland.

Boxer Pat McCormack was beaten in the men’s welterweight final by Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias to walk away from Japan with a silver.

Here, the PA news agency breaks down everything you need to know about Tuesday’s action.

What’s happened so far?

Fletcher and Bithell went into the final medal race, where double points are awarded, in second, four points behind New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, but victory for the Britons saw them claim the title. It is a first Olympic medal for Fletcher, who finished sixth with Alain Sign in the same class in Rio, while Bithell also took silver in the 470 class alongside Luke Patience at London 2012.

Scott made it two golds for Britain in an hour in the Finn class. He had a nine-point lead going into the final medal race but had to play catch-up after a poor start and crossed the line in fourth, which was just enough to keep him ahead of Hungary’s Zsombor Berecz. It is Britain’s sixth successive title in the boat dating back to Iain Percy’s success in Sydney 21 years ago.

Gimson and Burnet were guaranteed a medal going into the final race and finished safely in fifth to stay in second place behind Italians Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti.

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