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Kiran Badloe, three-time class world champion, claims gold for the Netherlands in the men's windsurfer RS:X at Tokyo 2020.

TOKYO, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Dutch sailor Kiran Badloe clinched the men's windsurfer RS:X gold after coming second in the medal race here on Saturday.

The three-time class world champion Badloe enjoyed a 19-point lead over second-placed Thomas Goyard of France before the medal race, and finished runner-up to safely bag the gold medal.

Goyard won the silver and China's Bi Kun took the bronze.

Badloe won Netherlands its third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the men's RS:X, after his friend Dorian Van Rijsselberghe won this event in 2012 and 2016.

"I think it's going to sink in a little bit more over the next couple of hours, but this feeling is amazing and very special to me," said Badloe.

Goyard became the third French man to win an Olympic medal in the RS:X, after Julien Bontemps claimed silver in 2008 and Pierre Le Coq took bronze in 2016.

"Today was a special race, I am super happy with the silver medal," said Goyard. "I couldn't believe it."

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Bi Kun became the first Chinese man to claim an Olympic medal in sailing. Each of China's other seven medals in sailing were won by women.

"I am very happy. I feel great. I've accomplished a goal and a dream. This is my first Olympics, and I want to thank my team, coach and family.

Bi said the bronze medal meant a lot to him.

"I won the bronze and this is for my country, but I hope that my countrymen can surpass me and do better in Paris (in 2024)."

"This is a team effort. Everyone in my team is remarkable and inspires me. I want to thank them," he added.

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