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Sailing for Paralympic gold

Updated 8:40 AM ET, Thu September 6, 2012
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Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch of Australia are the first to have been guaranteed gold with a race to spare at this year's Paralympic sailing events. Fitzgibbon, a quadriplegic, has used state-of-the-art technology to be able to compete. Courtesy London 2012
Tesch only took up sailing two years ago, having formally won a Paralympic medal with the Australian wheelchair basketball team. Getty Images
Sailing only became a Paralympic sport at the 2000 Sydney games following a trial at Atlanta four years previously. Getty Images
There are just three sailing classes but a huge number and variety of disabilities. Sailors are classed by the severity of their disabilities on a scale of one to seven, one being the most severe, seven the least. Getty Images
As the action moves into the last day, the medals in the three classes will be decided with the Dutch team looking strong in the Three-Person Keelboat (Sonar) class. Courtesy London 2012
But Thursday will also see Great Britain win its first ever Paralympic sailing medal. The hosts are guaranteed at least bronze in all three classes. Courtesy London 2012