Despite coming second in the medal race, sailor Matt Wearn wins the men’s laser sailing event, giving Australia its third consecutive Olympic gold. At the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Matt Wearn won gold in the men’s laser event. The Australian sailor took second position in the medal race, receiving four points, which was enough to win the event. Jean Baptiste Bernaz of France won the medal race, but his total score of 92 placed him in sixth place overall. Wearn finished with a total of 53 points, while Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia claimed the silver medal with 82 points after finishing fourth in the medal race with eight points.
Wearn’s victory was Australia’s third in a row in the Olympic event, following Tom Slingsby’s victory in 2012 and Tom Burton’s victory in 2016. Wearn had created an unassailable lead with a race to spare, despite not winning the medal race. His score of 49 after the first ten races was 22 points poorer than Norway’s second-placed sailor Hermann Tomasgaard, despite the fact that the medal race had up to 20 spots remaining.
This meant that the silver medalist in the laser world championships could not be passed in the overall points standings as long as he finished the race and was not disqualified. Wearn started off slowly but steadily.
By the first marker, he was in fourth position, and by the second, he had dropped to fifth.
The 25-year-old sailor sailed past the field at speeds of up to six mph, putting him in second place by the third marker.
He stayed in this position until the very end, finishing two seconds behind Bernaz.