Ben Ainslie

Ben Ainslie

It is intriguing that Britain seems to be most successful at the Olympic Games in sports that have been the traditional realms of the wealthy and aristocratic and four times Gold medallist Ben Ainslie represents just such a past time. His father captained a boat that took part in the first Whitbread Round the World race in 1973, so sailing has clearly always been in his blood.

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His Olympic career has been dazzling, first winning gold in 2000 in the Laser class before chunking up by 40 pounds to compete in the bigger Finn class where he secured gold in both 2004 and 2008 in Beijing, rewarded in 2009 for his achievements with a CBE, before taking gold again in 2012.

Olympic Sailing Mens Finn Class Result

Final - Sunday 5th August 2012

Result Athlete Nationality Total Points Net Points
1st Ben Ainslie Great Britain 58 46
2nd Jonas Hogh-Christensen Denmark 54 46
3rd Jonathan Lobert France 59 49

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