Updated: 06/08/2012 07:20 | By pa.press.net

Finn star Ainslie secures gold



Ben Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the Finn

Ben Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the Finn

Great Britain's Ben Ainslie became the most successful sailor in Olympic history after securing a fourth successive gold medal.

The 35-year-old replaced Denmark's legendary Paul Elvstrom as the Games' most decorated sailor after triumphing on home waters in front of thousands of supporters in Weymouth.

Ainslie faced fierce resistance throughout the week from Elvstrom's countryman Jonas Hogh-Christensen, although he managed to finish ahead of the Dane in the medal race to increase his Olympic haul to four golds and a silver.

The Brit was in control heading to the third mark and remained ahead of Hogh-Christensen, who attempted a breakaway on the last upwind leg.

The tactic did not work as Ainslie stayed ahead around the fifth mark, but the Briton was ninth and Postma had moved into second - positions that would have seen the Dutch sailor win gold.

However, attention from New Zealand's Dan Slater put Postma off towards the sixth mark and he eventually finished fifth, while Ainslie came in ninth ahead of Hogh-Christensen to win gold in a medal race won by Lobert, who took bronze ahead of Postma.

Earlier, British hearts were broken as Sweden denied Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson gold in the Star class.

The defending Olympic champions sailed exceptionally throughout the week and came into the medal race with an eight-point lead over Brazil's Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada.

However, it was Sweden, not Brazil, that proved Percy and Simpson's undoing as the Brits lost their crown to Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen, who won the race. Britain entered the final leg of the race in sixth but slipped away in the last 100 metres to finish eighth, handing Loof and Salminen gold on the Nothe Course.

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05/08/2012 16:32
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Yet another truly wonderful British sportsman. He along with our other triumphant Olypians who are doing us so proud these Games are the real heroes our kids ought to look up to and try to emulate. Unlike those overpaid pampered prima-donna male footballers who show such poor example to our kids so often and who let this great sporting Nation down time and again.

 

Well done Sir. You are an absolute credit to yourself your sport and your country.

05/08/2012 18:54
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That will teach the Danes to annoy him and get him angry!  Well done Ben a superb competitor and sportsman.

 

Shame the same cannot be said of our overpaid footballers, totally useless bunch of sh*te, should be made to pay whatever money they got for their matches to the real sportsmen and women!

05/08/2012 18:09
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Rule Britania-Britania Rules The waves-Britain's Never Never Nevvvvvvv Vaaaaaaaaa Shall Be Slaves.

 

We must be a bit tasty when we get the chance to act mustn't we, 16 gold medals, 9 silver medals, 9 bronze medals, and we look like claiming more, gosh isn't it good to be british right now.

05/08/2012 16:56
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well said mediumal57 They should be made to donate 50% of their overflated wages to real sports and sportsmen and women
05/08/2012 20:44
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Paul Elvstrom was my hero when I was a young sailor, Ben Ainslie has defeated his Olympic gold tally guess that make Ben my hero now great stuff.  Can people who know nothing about sailing please refrain from posting opinions about rules they know nothing about, thank you.
05/08/2012 20:41
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There's a big difference between tactics and cheating.  I don't think Gordon J Sheppard is a sailor or he would no better.  Having watched the rise of Ben Ainsley over the years I can tell you he's no cheat and the Danish boat was using the same tactics but he got it wrong.  
We should be proud of the winner's of Gold Medals not slandering them
05/08/2012 20:16
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i think they call that tactics my dear boy!!!!
06/08/2012 09:16
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what is wrong with msn? is there no vetting of posts? the first four posts are for a bloody dating website, why don't you shut these idiots down, instead of letting them hijack what should be a celebration of a world class sportsman's achievements
06/08/2012 08:03
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fantastic, fantastic, fantastic go team GB !
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Ben Ainsley cheated in the London Olympics in exactly the same manner as the Badminton players who 'stopped playing their game' in order to gain an advantage for themselves. The Badminton players were kicked out of the Olympics for this travesty. Ben Ainsley should be kicked out also, for doing exactly the same. During a Finn Men's Boat Racing event he 'stopped racing' and 'purposely slowed down his boat' in order to 'block access to the wind' for the Danish competitor, JOHAN HOEGH CRISTENSEN's, boat. So, that would provide an advantage, for the Netherlands competitors boat to overtake, the Danish boat. He, not only engineered an advantage for himself. He also calculatingly damaged the rightful chances of another competitor. BBC presenters and pundits may applaud this as great tactics in sailing races. I, say, that it is not in the spirit of the OLYMPICS where from the 'starting gun' every competitor races as hard as possible, to win the event. The Badminton players were kicked out; I, want Ben Ainsley kicked out of the Olympics. I want his Gold Medal taken away. What is good for the 'goose', should be good for the 'gander' as well. 
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Finn star Ainslie secures goldGreat Britain's Ben Ainslie became the most successful sailor in Olympic history after securing a fourth successive gold medal.pa.press.net2012-08-06T07:20:202012-08-06T07:20:20Ben Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnGreat Britain's Ben Ainslie became the most successful sailor in Olympic history after securing a fourth successive gold medal.The 35-year-old replaced Denmark's legendary Paul Elvstrom as the Games' most decorated sailor after triumphing on home waters in front of thousands of supporters in Weymouth.Ainslie faced fierce resistance throughout the week from Elvstrom's countryman Jonas Hogh-Christensen, although he managed to finish ahead of the Dane in the medal race to increase his Olympic haul to four golds and a silver.The Brit was in control heading to the third mark and remained ahead of Hogh-Christensen, who attempted a breakaway on the last upwind leg.The tactic did not work as Ainslie stayed ahead around the fifth mark, but the Briton was ninth and Postma had moved into second - positions that would have seen the Dutch sailor win gold.However, attention from New Zealand's Dan Slater put Postma off towards the sixth mark and he eventually finished fifth, while Ainslie came in ninth ahead of Hogh-Christensen to win gold in a medal race won by Lobert, who took bronze ahead of Postma.Earlier, British hearts were broken as Sweden denied Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson gold in the Star class.The defending Olympic champions sailed exceptionally throughout the week and came into the medal race with an eight-point lead over Brazil's Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada.However, it was Sweden, not Brazil, that proved Percy and Simpson's undoing as the Brits lost their crown to Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen, who won the race. Britain entered the final leg of the race in sixth but slipped away in the last 100 metres to finish eighth, handing Loof and Salminen gold on the Nothe Course.seo_keywords**Sailing Lead Su13Ben Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the FinnBen Ainslie, centre, won sailing gold in the Finn

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