Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves seal Nacra 17 European gold

Saxton and Groves
Saxton and Groves won silver at a World Cup event in Miami in January

Britain's Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves held off their Australian rivals to win gold at the Nacra 17 European Championships in Barcelona.

Groves and Saxton held a narrow lead in the standings going into the sixth and final race of an event that also featured non-European nations.

The Britons finished fifth in the medal race, one ahead of Australia, to win.

"It was a fantastic race and a really good battle with the Aussies. We're really chuffed," said Groves, 26.

Saxton and Groves joined forces in the mixed multihull event a year ago, with Groves switching from the 49er boat class, and won a silver medal at a World Cup event in Miami in January.

"We've been working hard over the summer and in the build-up to this event with our coach Maurice, and it's great to see that it's starting to pay off," said Saxton, 25.

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