Britain’s Ainslie makes Olympic history with fourth sailing gold
Great Britain’s Ben Ainslie won his fourth successive Olympic gold medal on Sunday to become the most decorated sailor in Olympic history.
The 35-year-old clinched the Olympic Finn title in front of huge crowds in Weymouth after finishing ninth in a tense final race, edging Denmark’s Jonas Hogh-Christensen into the silver medal position.
"I can’t really believe it. I’m just relieved to have got through today,” said Ainslie afterwards. "It was always going to be tough. The race was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences in my life.”
The Briton’s first Olympic medal came in the Laser class in Atlanta in 1996, when he won silver at the age of 19. He then claimed Laser gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, before winning the Finn class in Athens in 2004 and 2008.
"I congratulate Ben Ainslie on winning his fifth Olympic medal, an historic fourth gold, following his victory in the Finn class,” he said. “To have managed this over five Olympic Games, in a sport where you can only enter one event, is a truly remarkable achievement."