Gold for Ainslie as he sails into Olympic history

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

Cornwall's Ben Ainslie became the most successful sailor in Olympic history after today securing a fourth successive gold medal.

The 35-year-old from Falmouth replaced Denmark's legendary Paul Elvstrom as the Games' most decorated sailor after triumphing on home waters in front of thousands of supporters in Weymouth.

Ainslie faced fierce resistance throughout the week from Elvstrom's countryman Jonas Hogh-Christensen, although he managed to finish ahead of the Dane in this afternoon's medal race to increase his Olympic haul to four golds and a silver.

Great Britain's Ben Ainslie and Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen (in background) battle for position in the Men's Finn Medal Race. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Weymouth is packed on the day Ben Ainslie wins gold for Great Britain. Credit: ITV Westcountry

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Ainslie Sails Into Olympic History

Cornwall's Ben Ainslie has become the most successful sailor in Olympic history after securing a fourth successive gold medal.