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Belcher sails into Olympic history

August 4, 2021

Alumnus Mat Belcher makes Olympic history. PICTURE: Cavan Flynn

Mat Belcher (Class of 2001) has cemented his place as Australia’s greatest Olympic-class helm sailor by claiming gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Belcher, alongside teammate Mat Ryan, was dominant in the 470 class sailing event, wrapping up the gold medal with a race to spare.

The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallists were ultra-consistent across five days of competition, winning four races, finishing second three times, and had a lowest finish of eighth.

It is Belcher’s second gold medal of his career after winning his first at the London 2012 Olympics.

He has also won nine world championships.

Belcher graduated a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Project Management and a Master of Valuation and Property Management at Bond University.

Bond students and alumni have won four medals at the Tokyo Games so far.

Swimmers Alex Graham and Elijah Winnington won bronze in the 4x100m freestyle, while Graham won another bronze in the 4x100m freestyle.