Matt Wearn has confirmed Australia’s record day of gold medals after sealing victory in the Laser class at the Olympics on Sunday.

The fourth gold on Sunday broke Australia’s previous all-time daily best of three, with the team’s haul in Tokyo now up to 14 gold, three silver and 14 bronze.

Watch the moment Matt Wearn secured a historic gold for Australia in the video above

The 25-year-old Wearn had known for two days that he would win gold after entering the final race with an unassailable lead of 22 net points.

Rather than trundling around and safely navigating the course on Sunday, however, Wearn jumped to second at the midway point and held on for a successful end to his campaign.

The gold extended Australia’s stranglehold in the class following Tom Burton’s Rio 2016 victory and Tom Slingsby’s win at London 2012.

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Wearn edged Burton to take Australia’s sole place after jostling for the world No.1 ranking at the time of selection in September 2019.

Wearn said his competition with Burton had pushed him to be a better sailor.

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Olympics on 7plus

“Obviously Tom Burton, who won gold in Rio, he’s been a massive part of this journey,” the West Australian told Channel 7 on Saturday.

“To fight with him to get a position to even come here was probably the edge in the end, to have that fierce competition.”

Wearn banked a 12th and eighth place in the ninth and 10th races late on Friday which extended his lead over his nearest rival Norwegian Hermann Tomasgaard to 22 net points.

With only 20 points on offer in the double-point 10-man medal race on Sunday, it meant he couldn’t be caught.

Wearn had said he would try to enjoy his “victory lap”.

Matt Wearn.
Laser class sailor Matt Wearn is a gold medal winner. Credit: EPA

“I’ve always had in my mind that if I was going to win a gold this is the way I wanted to do it – I didn’t want to leave it to chance in the medal race because anything can happen,” he said.

“To seal it and then to be able to go into the medal race and enjoy the experience, I couldn’t be happier.”

While Wearn had a comfortable outing to secure his gold, he will watch on nervously as his Belgian fiancee Emma Plasschaert chases a medal in the women’s Laser Radial medal race later on Sunday.

The world No.1 sits fifth.

“We haven’t been able to see each other much over the past six months, or even whilst we’ve been here with the COVID measures,” Wearn said.

“But knowing that she’s been here for the whole time has been really special.”

Watch Matt Wearn speak to Sunrise in the video below

The sailor told Sunrise is was “amazing” to have the gold “signed, sealed, delivered” ahead of the final race.

Australia’s Matt Wearn officially secures sailing Laser class gold medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020
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