Park: Ainslie can win it
Great Britain's Ben Ainslie chases Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen to the first weather mark during racing in the Finn class
British sailing team leader Stephen Park cannot understand why people are already writing off Ben Ainslie's chances of winning gold.
The 35-year-old came into London 2012 as over-riding favourite to top the podium, but has yet to overcome Jonas Hogh-Christensen in the Finn class.
Ainslie, who sits second in the standings, is now available with some bookies as far out as 6/1 to topple the Dane - odds which surprise Park given the three-time gold medallist's nous and experience.
"Personally, I would never bet against Ben," he said.
"Having said that, Jonas has been sailing incredibly well and has done an impressive job so far.
"I am sure he will come out all guns blazing today and give it everything he has got for the remainder of the regatta. You can be sure that he certainly won't let the gold medal slip away without a right old fight."
Ainslie returns to the water after a rest day, along with Star fleet leaders Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson.
The Laser and Laser Radials are the classes off today, which comes at a good time for Paul Goodison in the former. The Yorkshireman has been struggling with a back injury picked up in just the second race of the regatta. Goodison impressed on Wednesday after a difficult second day and Park is proud by how the reigning gold medallist has risen up the fleet.
"Yesterday was good on a number of fronts," he said.
"In terms of sailing, he had a better day. He had a solid day and was a bit unfortunate in the second race not to do better due to a wind shift. I am also really pleased that the sports medics and physios managed to work their magic and get him back in a position where he is able to make decisions and not be continually wincing with pain."
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