HANNAH MILLS and Saskia Clark's Olympic gold is on hold after light winds led to the postponement of the women's 470 medal race.

A fine opening series meant the British duo merely had to complete Wednesday's double-point finale without disqualification to top the podium.

However, Mills and Clark will now have to wait to add to Giles Scott's Finn triumph and Nick Dempsey's men's RS:X silver after light winds delayed their coronation.

The men's and women's 470 medal races will now take place on Thursday, coming to a conclusion on the final day of the Rio 2016 regatta along with the 49er and 49erFX classes.

"It is lovely weather, yeah, very hot – a bit too hot on the water," Mills said upon returning to dry land.

"It was a disappointing day. Obviously we wanted to get things wrapped up but they say good things come to those who wait, so we will be waiting another 24 hours.

"We've had a few disrupted days but it is expected. Rio is the sort of venue where we knew the wind could be tricky and we might have to wait now and again. It has certainly proved that."

Mills and Clark had planned to celebrate with friends and family at Team GB house on Wednesday evening, but such merrymaking will now have to wait.

"It is not done until it is done," Clark added. "We're here to do a job and we want to get it done. That's what we're focused on."

The lack of breeze and unfavourable wind direction means the men's 470 pair of Luke Patience and Chris Grube will join the women's duo in completing racing on Thursday.

They are unable to secure a podium finish but Mills and Clark may not be the only British sailing medallists on the final day, with Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign still in the 49er hunt.

The pair sit in fourth and need to put four boats between them and the Australians to win bronze, or six boats between them and the second-placed Germans to win silver.

Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth are unable to secure a podium place ahead of the 49erFX medal race.