The 49er regatta was decided before the medal race even began with Burling and Tuke of New Zealand having already wrapped up their third straight 49er World Championship by a 30 point margin. No single 49erFX team managed to seize the moment and put a string of top results together resulting in the log jam at the top between 3 Danes, Brazilians, Italians, and British.
Danish 49erFX team fell back
The leading Danes, Ida Marie Baad Nielson and Marie Thusgaard Olsen, fell from the lead to sixth after struggling mightily in their starts and being forced to claw back through each race on the final day. With 6 teams within 13 points of the victory, racing came down to the wire. It looked for a while like the Brazilians might have enough speed to take the group, but they fell back and the Italians surged into the lead.