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London Olympics 2012 - Ben Ainslie greatest sailing Olympian to date

'August 5, 2012 - Weymouth, England - Ben Ainslie leaves the Nothe folowed by his long-time coach, David Howlett'    Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

On Sunday, 5th August at the London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition, Brit Ben Ainslie became the greatest sailing Olympian of all time. The 35-year-old eclipsed the record of Denmark’s Paul Elvstrom - previously the most successful Olympic sailor ever with four golds – by claiming his fourth consecutive gold and fifth medal in total in the Finn class at Weymouth and Portland.

Ainslie won Laser class silver at his first Games at Atlanta 1996 and three golds at Sydney 2000 (Laser), Athens 2004 (Finn) and Beijing 2008 (Finn).

In claiming gold Ben also matched the record for most Olympic sailing medals won in total, held by Torben Grael (BRA), who won gold in 1996 and 2004, silver in 1984 and bronze in 1988 and 2000.

The six-time Finn World Champion went in to today’s double points medal race two points behind leader, Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN), knowing that to win that gold he had to beat the Dane.

In a nail-biting dramatic race Ainslie finished in ninth with Hogh-Christensen finishing the race in 10th to make history by finishing level on 46 points overall with Hogh-Christensen but winning the gold on account of beating the Dane in the medal race.

August 5, 2012 - Weymouth, England - Ainslie celebrates moments after winning the Gold Medal in the Finn class -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Speaking immediately after the race, Ainslie said: 'It’s times like this you’re supposed to say something clever but I’m speechless. It’s been a really tough week but what a time to do it in front of your home crowd. I’m so glad for the people who have supported me over the years; my family, sponsors, the people watching. It’s been an amazing experience this Olympics, listening to the crowd makes the difference.

'After six races I was in a bit of trouble. I thankfully turned it around and got it right when it counts. I don’t want to go through anything like that again in my life. It’s been incredibly hard, there’s been huge pressure for people to perform at a home Games. It’s been the hardest couple of weeks of my life and I haven’t slept much the past couple of days. It’s unbelievable.'

Ainslie’s medal was Britain’s second of the day, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson having won silver in the Star class an hour earlier.

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