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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.

Gold medal winning rowers meet the Queen

Heather Stanning and Helen Glover meet the Queen Credit: ITV Westcountry

Olympic rowers Heather Stanning from Yeovil and Helen Glover from Penzance have been to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen.

The gold medal winners were among Olympic and Paralympic heroes invited to a reception to celebrate their success. The pair won the first gold medals of Team GB's campaign.

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