Britain beat New Zealand to win men's 49er gold at Tokyo Olympics

Britain's Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell celebrate after competing in the men's 49er medal race at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Fujisawa, Japan. (Photo: AP)

TOKYO, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- British Dylan Fletcher/Stuart Bithell turned the fortune against their New Zealand counterparts to bag men's 49er gold after the medal race at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour on Tuesday.

Fletcher and Bithell was trailing by four net points behind Peter Burling and Blair Tuke after 12 races, but topped the medal race to tie the score as the New Zealanders finished third.

With a superior result from the medal race, the British duo clinched the gold medal and Team New Zealand had to settle for a silver.

The bronze medal went to Germany, who finished second in the medal race.