Sailors Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz will enter Monday's medal race as the leader in the 49erFX class.

After a dramatic day with respectively a fifth, eleventh and sixteenth place in the last three regular races, the Dutch initially lost the leading position, but due to a disqualification from an American boat they still remained first.

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29-year-old Bekkering and one year younger Duetz started as the frontrunner with a one point lead over Spanish duo Támara Echegoyen/Paula Barcelo and six points over Brazilians Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze in the last three regular races.

In the wind-free bay of Kamakura, Bekkering and Duetz got off to a good start with a fifth place in the tenth race, but things went completely wrong in the eleventh and twelfth race.

The Dutch couple finished eleventh in the eleventh race due to a disqualification of the Americans Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea, in which Grael and Kunze finished second.

The twelfth race was even more dramatic for Bekkering and Duetz.

After a seventh position at the second intermediate point, they fell back to sixteenth place.

They may cross out that final score, because this is their worst result of the twelve regular races.

In the standings, Bekkering and Duetz are level with the Brazilians Grael and Kunze with 70 points.

In Monday's medal race, the points count double.

The battle for the silver and bronze medals is also very exciting.

Bekkering and Duetz, who finish seventh at the Rio de Janeiro Games, are only two points ahead of the German duo Tina Lutz/Susann Beucke and seven points on number four Echegoyen/Barcelo.

Standings in 49erFX for Medal Race:

  • 1. Annemiek Bekkering/Annette Duetz (Ned) - 70 points

  • 2. Martina Grael/Kahena Kunze (Bra) - 70 points

  • 3. Tina Lutz/Susann Beucke (Ger) - 73 points

  • 4. Támara Echegoyen/Paula Barcelo (Spa) - 77 points

  • 5. Charlotte Dobson/Saskia Tidey (GBr) - 81 points

Heiner makes a jump in the ranking

In the Finn, Nicholas Heiner moved up to fourth in the overall standings.

The 32-year-old North Hollander scored a tenth and handsome third place in the seventh and eighth race and therefore still has a medal in sight.

With two regular races and the medal race to go, Heiner is seven points behind number three Zsombor Berecz.

Giles Scott leads the standings with just 20 points.

He won no less than five of the eight races.

Bart Lambriex and Pim van Vugt can almost certainly forget about an Olympic medal in the 49er.

After finishing sixth, seventh and third in the last three regular races, they are seventh in the standings, nineteen points behind third-placed Diego Botín and Iago López.

Monday is the final medal race.

The sailing competitions in Japan started later on Saturday because there was little wind on the coast.

After a delay of about two hours, the boats entered the water for the first time.

In the men's RS:X class, Kiran Badloe claimed the Olympic title as expected.

Standings in Finn for Medal Race:

  • 1. Giles Scott (GBr) - 20 points

  • 2. Joan Cardona Méndez (Spa) - 26 points

  • 3. Zsombor Berecz (Hon) - 29 points

  • 4. Nicholas Heiner (Ned) - 36 points

  • 5. Josh Junior (NZ) - 38 points