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FULL REPORT : Sir Ben Ainslie, one year on

A year ago Sir Ben Ainslie became this country's most decorated sailor and one of Britain's most successful Olympians. On the water off Weymouth he claimed a remarkable fourth gold medal.

Ainslie has since retired from Olympic sailing and focussed his attentions on trying to win the prestigious America's Cup next month in San Francisco. And as team captain of the defending champions, the Cornishman got every chance of further enhancing his CV.



Ainslie sets sights on America's Cup

The 35 year old will now focus on his America's Cup campaign Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Following the announcement that he will not be competing in Rio 2016, four-time Olympic sailing gold medallist Ben Ainslie has said he will now focus on his America's Cup campaign.

Ainslie won the Finn class at London 2012 - his fourth gold medal in his fifth Games.

The 35 year old did not announce his Olympic retirement immediately after winning in Weymouth, preferring to wait for the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) conference in Dublin to decide which classes would be on the Olympic programme for Rio.

Ainslie will now concentrate on an America's Cup World Series campaign with JP Morgan BAR.

"I feel increasingly confident that we can one day challenge for the America's Cup proper. Not at next year's event in San Francisco - that will be too soon - but perhaps the one after that."

Ainslie will not compete at Rio 2016

Four-time Olympic sailing gold medallist Ben Ainslie has announced he will not compete at Rio 2016.

The 35 year old from Cornwall has decided to call time on a carreer that saw him win 4 Olympic Gold medals to focus on his America's Cup campaign.

Ainslie won the Finn class at London 2012 - but will not defend that title in Rio.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Ainslie said:

It fills me with both relief and sadness to write these words but I can now officially confirm that I have donned my Team GB tracksuit for the last time. No more Olympic villages. No more opening or closing ceremonies. After almost 20 years entirely dedicated to the pursuit of gold, taking in five Olympic campaigns, I have decided I will not attempt a sixth at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

– Ben Ainslie

Ben Ainslie is crowned Sailor of the Year

Ben Ainslie was chosen to carry the Union flag at the closing ceremony Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The yachtsman Ben Ainslie has been crowned Sailor of the Year for a fourth time. The 35 year old, who learnt to sail near Falmouth, won the International Sailing Federation title after becoming the world's most successful Olympic sailor by winning his fourth gold medal at London 2012.

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