Rio Olympics 2016: Security concerns not troubling Team GB sailor Hannah Mills

Saskia Clark (L) and Hannah Mills (R) won silver in the 470 class at London 2012
Saskia Clark (L) and Hannah Mills (R) won silver in the 470 class at London 2012
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Team GB sailor Hannah Mills feels safe in Rio as she returns to the city where she and 470-class partner Saskia Clark were robbed at knifepoint in 2014.

The 2012 runners-up were approached by two men armed with knives as they returned to their hotel from training.

Security has also been an issue in the build-up to Friday's opening ceremony with chaotic scenes marring the arrival of the Olympic torch in Rio de Janeiro.

"We've felt a lot safer than previous times," said Wales' Mills.

"We're really lucky that the transport put on for us from between the hotel and the sailing venue, and then wherever else we go, the security has been taken very, very seriously. It's really a top priority.

"We just have to get on with it and try not think about it too much."

Mills and Clark were in Brazil for a two-week training camp when they were robbed in December 2014.

Shortly after the incident, they said: "Our delightful walk back from the sailing club to the hotel turned fairly nasty when two guys wielding 7-inch knives ran at us, pushed us around and grabbed everything we had."

But Mills insists the attack has not played on her mind "too much" as the pair prepare for the start of Olympic 470-class competition on Wednesday, 10 August.

On Wednesday, hundreds of demonstrators angry at the high cost of hosting the Games protested and riot police used tar gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

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Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets to voice their anger

The build-up to the Rio Olympics has been plagued by worries over the Zika virus, something which Mills has previously said has "been blown out of proportion".

The biggest issue for her has been Rio's water quality, with Mills saying it would be "disastrous" if the rubbish in Guanabara Bay affected the team's Olympic medal chances.

But Mills also feels it is now time to focus on the competition.

"Every Olympic Games it has some sort of media crisis that gets latched on to," she said.

"As sailors, at some point enough is enough. We're racing here and just get on with it and do the best we can.

"We just try and be as clean and hygienic as we possibly can... And just not think about it as much as possible."

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Sport Wales caught up with Mills and Clark in November 2015

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