Sailors add to GB's medal tally
Ben Ainslie and the Yngling trio of Sarah Webb, Sarah Ayton and Pippa Wilson added two more gold medals to Britain’s tally today. After yesterday’s frustrating lack of wind, conditions in Qingdao today bore a close resemblence to the British Summer.
Five-time Finn World Champion Ainslie successfully defended the title he won at Athens in 2004 to become Britain’s most decorated Olympic sailor of all time, surpassing Rodney Pattison’s previous record of two golds and one silver.
Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb become only the second British female athletes in history to win gold medals at consecutive Olympics, matching the achievement of their former helm Shirley Robertson with whom they won Yngling gold at Athens 2004, courtesy of their success with Wilson in China.
Both medal races had been rolled over to today after light winds put paid to any chance of deciding the silverware yesterday, but today Ayton’s crew and Ainslie retained their crowns in emphatic style romping to race wins to seal gold.
Meanwhile in a thrilling 49er medal race, Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes finished their disappointing Olympic campaign in ninth overall, having finished third in today’s race, as Danish duo Jonas Warrer and Martin Kirketerp Ibsen won gold despite having had to borrow the Croatian boat after their mast broke before the pre-start.
Elsewhere on the race tracks, Paul Goodison lies in first overall in the Laser class clinching seventh in their sole race of the day while Penny Clark is eighth after scoring a 17th today. Scores of 7. In the windsurfers Nick Dempsey is fourth overall in the RS:X and Bryony Shaw is sixth in the womens class.
The Stars and the Tornados only managed one race apiece. Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson are lying eighth courtesy of their fifth in the Star class today while Leigh McMillan and Will Howden are 11th in the Tornados.