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Day four of the London Olympics is under way. The US swimmer Michael Phelps could become the joint most successful Olympian if he wins his 18th medal tonight in the 200m butterfly.

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Ben Ainslie still confident of gold

Ben Ainslie remains confident of securing a fourth sailing gold medal despite faltering again on a day when the team were hit by news that Paul Goodison's regatta could be in jeopardy.

Great Britain's Ben Ainslie rounds the first weather mark during racing in the Finn class in Weymouth today Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ainslie has yet to overcome Jonas Hogh-Christensen in the Finn class, and after six races the Dane leads second-placed Ainslie by 10 points.

Ainslie said: "He is certainly having the regatta of his life at the moment so all credit to him.

"All I can do is the best I can right now and hope that if I keep pushing hard, he might slip up along the way."

Ainslie's fellow gold medallist Goodison was 16th and then second in today's two Laser races, but the Yorkshireman is struggling with a back injury.

Paul Goodison during the fourth race in the Laser Olympic race series Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Asked if he was worried his regatta was in danger, he said: "Yeah, for sure. I am worried my body is in a lot of trouble and until that is fixed you can't fire on all cylinders."

There was better news for the only other returning British sailing champions from Beijing, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, who sit four points clear of nearest rivals Brazil after winning one of their two races today.

Olympic debutant Ali Young secured two second-place finishes in the ongoing Laser Radial class, while Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes were third and then 18th, after capsizing, in their 49ers races.

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