London 2012 Sailing | 05 August
The 5th of August of 2012 is the day where first medals in the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition were awarded. Medal races in the Finn and Star Classes took place today.
51 imagesWomen's 470 Racing on the 5th of August at the London 2012 Olympic Games
23 imagesBen Ainslie admitted it had been "the hardest two weeks of my life" after he became the greatest sailing Olympian of all time today (Sunday 5 August). Ainslie claimed his fourth Olympic gold medal - his fifth medal in total - to eclipse Paul Elvstrom's (DEN) previous best of four golds won between 1948 and 1960. The triumphant 35-year-old did what he needed to do in today's double points' medal race by finishing one place ahead of Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN), who had led the regatta from day one. After a nail-biting final run to the line, in shifting, tricky breeze on the spectator Nothe course, an emotional Ainslie, who was the first Olympic torch bearer on UK soil, crossed the line to tumultuous jubilation from the phenomenal gathered crowd. Ainslie said: "That was one of the scariest races I have ever had to go through. The wind was all over the place making it very, very difficult. I stuck to it and did the job. It's just an amazing feeling. It's unbelievable. "It's been a really tough week. 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. "The support out on the Nothe was amazing. We have never seen that in Olympic sailing so it was just fantastic. I can't thank everyone enough who has helped me over the years to get to this point; my family, sponsors, the people watching. Everyone in our team, from the coaches to the support staff, the other team members and sailors, they are a fantastic team who have helped me get to this point." Ainslie won the first of his history-making medal haul - a Laser class silver - as a wide-eyed 19-year-old at Atlanta 1996. He then won three consecutive 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 Hogh-Christensen knowing that to win that gold he had to beat the Dane. Press release 05 Aug 2012: Source Matt Caerter | RYA:
27 imagesLoof and Salminen from Sweden claimed the London 2012 Star Keelboat Gold Medal today by winning the final medal race. A huge disappointment for Percy and Simpson (GBR) who were favorite for the title at the start of the final medal race. The Brits finished on 8th position and have to be satisfied with Silver, only three points away from Gold. Scheidt and Prada took the bronze medal.