Rio Olympics 2016: GB's Giles Scott extends lead in Finn class

Giles Scott
Scott missed out to Ben Ainslie in qualification for London 2012

Britain's Giles Scott enjoyed another dominant day in sailing's Finn class to close in on Olympic gold.

The world champion went into Saturday's racing as the overall leader and managed a victory and a third place.

With the lowest score winning, Scott is on 22 points - 16 clear of Slovenia's Vasilij Zbogar with three races left.

Scott, 29, is a four-time world champion bidding to follow in the footsteps of compatriot and four-time Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie.

"It's looking good going into the next two races but there's still a lot to play for," said Scott.

"Obviously having that points margin is a big confidence booster but I think the thing for me to be focusing on is that it isn't over.

"You can't get complacent. You have to attack days like I've done today so nothing really changes. But clearly having that margin is a good place for me."

Nick Thompson's medal hopes in the Laser category took a blow, as he finished 22nd in the 10th race, dropping to sixth.

Thompson, 30, was second after six races, but is 10 points outside the top three going into the medal race, which is worth double points.

Alison Young kept alive her hopes in the Laser Radial, winning the penultimate race to be eighth going into the medal race.

Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves dropped to third in the Nacra 17 mixed category, after they finished outside the top 10 in three of their four races on Saturday.

Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth are sixth in the women's 49er class while in the men's equivalent Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign are 12th.

Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign have risen from 14th to 12th in the 49er fleet, but face a tough ask to finish in the medal hunt.