Ben Ainslie wins gold

Ben Ainslie celebrates in Weymouth
Ben Ainslie celebrates in Weymouth Photo: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Ben Ainslie is the greatest Olympic sailor of all time after winning his fourth Olympic gold medal.

Speaking just after he'd won the Gold medal for the fourth time - this time in the Finn class - the Lymington-based record breaking sailor thanked his coach, family and sponsors and everyone who has supported him in his sailing career.

He said: "It's times like this when you are supposed to come out with something clever to say but I'm pretty speechless, it's been a really tough week especially from my main Danish rival, but this was the time to do it in front of the home crowd.

"I am just so glad for all the people who have supported me over the years, my family and my sponsors, all the people who have come here to wave us on and all the people who have written in and supported us across the country, it has been amazing experience this Olympics and I can tell you that listening to a crowd like that makes a difference."

Great Britain's Ben Ainslie celebrates winning the Gold Medal after the Men's Finn Medal Race in Weymouth.
Great Britain's Ben Ainslie celebrates winning the Gold Medal after the Men's Finn Medal Race in Weymouth. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Ben achieved his winning performance today after six defeats in succession, it was a tough comeback even for him.

He added: "After six races I was in a bit of trouble to be honest and I had to turn things around, thankfully I did that and got it right when it counts in the medal race. I can't believe it, it's unbelievable, this race course is one of the hardest I have ever sailed on and to be honest racing for an Olympic gold medal with wind shifts like that I don't want to go through anything like that again in my life."

Great Britain's Ben Ainslie celebrates winning the Gold Medal after the Men's Finn Medal Race in Weymouth.
Great Britain's Ben Ainslie celebrates winning the Gold Medal after the Men's Finn Medal Race in Weymouth. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Ben's first medal win was a silver in the Atlanta Olympics, he was asked if he ever believed his sailing journey would be so long and so glorious?

He answered: "Of course not, like other kids I learnt to sail for fun, my parents down in Cornwall and everyone down there can't believe what's happened either. So it has been long road and I have had a huge amount of support over the years, and huge thanks to everyone who has helped me along he way and so glad to have done it.

"It has been incredibly hard, I could use a worse word than that, huge amount of pressure for everyone to perform well at a home Games and on me going for a fourth gold, and everything that comes with that, it's been the hardest couple of weeks for in my life. I haven't slept much in the last couple of days but you have to deal with that when you get racing, for one reason or another it just disappears and you get on with the job."

Ben Ainslie indicated he probably would not sail in the Finn class in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

He said: "You know, you never say never, I am not going to do a Steve Redgrave here, but I don't think I can sail one of these again, it is killing my body, so this is the best way to leave on top at a home Olympics, you'll never beat that you'll never get better than that. Just an amazing feeling."