Australia's Tom Burton was the only person who could take away gold from Croatia's Tonci Stipanovic today in the Laser medal race, and Stipanovic knew it. In the prestart, Stipanovic attacked Burton, sailing in front of him and backing his sail, forcing Burton to sit behind him. Stipanovic needed at least six boats to finish ahead of Burton to secure his gold medal, and his maneuver was meant to prevent Burton from starting before he was at least that far behind in the fleet. However, Burton was not so easily defeated. Stipanovic left space between his boat and the starting line, enough to ensure he himself didn't OCS. Seeing the space, Burton sheeted in and sailed to leeward of Stipanovic, forcing Stipanovic to tack away to avoid contact as the windward boat. In this split-second maneuver, Burton forced Stipanovic to tack well around, and in doing so delaying his start. The Australian took off on the first beat, tailed by Sam Meech from New Zealand, andRobert Scheidt from Brazil. He finished third to Stipanovic's ninth, winning the gold.