Tom Burton of Australia celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's Laser class.
Tom Burton of Australia celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's Laser class. Clive Mason

RIO 2016: Sailing gold and silver for Australia

SAILING: Tom Burton has won Australia's first sailing gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after a superb comeback in the men's laser medal race.

The Australian had to have five positions between himself and Croatia's Tonci Stipanovic in order to win the gold.

The 26-year-old ended the medal race in third with the Croatian back in ninth enough for Burton to move into gold.

Burton was able to get a move on Stipanovic even before the start.

He needed to push the Croatian to the rear of the fleet, so the Aussie sacrificed his own position before having to track down the five positions required to get to the top of the podium.

Burton eventually moved up third in the race behind Brazil's Robert Scheidt and France's Jean Baptiste Bernaz at the finish line.

Stipanovic finished with silver and New Zealand's Sam Meech claimed the bronze.

Burton admitted he was not favourite for gold before the final race.

"I was even talking to my coach before the race thinking 'if we did this 10 times how many times would I be able to pull it off' and he said 'nah 25%," Burton told the Seven Network.

"And I said 'I think one out of 10'. And all you need is the one, and that's exactly what I put out today."

There was more success on the water with Aussies Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin taking silver in the Nacra 17s.

The pair finished second in the medal race and second overall with Argentina's Santiago Lange and Cecilia Seroli in gold.

The Aussies were one point behind the winners with Austria in bronze on countback.

"It's a little bit bittersweet, not going to lie, we wanted that gold, but we sailed an incredible medal race, I don't think we could have done much more out there," Darmanin said.

"That's probably the best medal race I've sailed in the last four years, we gave ourselves every opportunity," Waterhouse said.

Reigning 470 gold medallists Mat Belcher and Will Ryan have secured another medal.

The pair are safe in third going into Thursday morning's medal race.

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen are also chasing a silver or a bronze in the 49er on Friday morning.

New Zealanders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke wrapped up gold.

Jake Lilley finished eighth overall in the Finn, while Ashley Stoddart finished ninth in the Laser Radial.

Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan were 13th in the women's 470, missing the medal race.

The two medals in sailing took Australia's medal tally to seven gold, eight silver and nine bronze.