Windsurfer Kiran Badloe is almost certain of the gold medal in the RS:X class at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

De Flevolander won two of the three races on Thursday and only has to sail out of Saturday's medal race to win the Olympic title.

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Badloe, 26, saw his French competitor Thomas Goyard and Italian rival Mattia Camboni finish in the middle in the last three regular races in Enoshima Bay, taking his lead over number two Goyard to nineteen faults.

In Saturday's medal race, Badloe can at most finish tenth and thus incur twenty penalty points.

If Goyard then wins the medal race, he will end up with 54 points, which means he is one penalty point short.

Badloe can still incur penalty points if he does not start, finish or insult an official.

Three-time world champion Badloe makes his Olympic debut in Tokyo.

The windsurfer won the competition at the World Cup in Australia last year with his friend and compatriot Dorian van Rijsselberghe, who won the Olympic title in the RS:X class five years ago in Rio de Janeiro.

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