Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz won bronze on Tuesday at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The sailing duo started the 49erFX class medal race as the frontrunner, but were left behind defending champions Brazil and Germany.

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Bekkering and Duetz had 70 points after the twelve regular races, as did the Brazilian duo Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze.

The German couple Tina Lutz/Susann Beucke (73 points) and the Spanish duo Tamara Echegoyen/Paula Barcelo (77) also had a view of gold.

In the medal race there were double points to be shared.

After a reasonable start, the Dutch boat sank further back.

Bekkering and Duetz had to give way to the boats from Brazil, Germany and Spain.

Brazil finished third in the medal race behind Argentina and Norway, extending its title.

The German boat also passed thanks to the fifth place in the standings Bekkering and Duetz, who were disappointingly ninth.

The 29-year-old Bekkering and Duetz (28) have been a team since 2014.

They finished seventh at the Rio de Janeiro Games five years ago.

In 2019, the Dutch duo took the world title.

See also: View the medal table with the Netherlands in the top ten