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Sailing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's One Person Heavyweight Dinghy

Sailing at the 2012 Summer Games:

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Isle of Portland
Date Started: July 29, 2012
Date Finished: August 5, 2012
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best 8 of 9 scores to count for N. N count double.

Gold: GBR Ben Ainslie
Silver: DEN Jonas Høgh Christensen
Bronze: FRA Jonathan Lobert

Summary

Ben Ainslie came to Weymouth looking for a fifth consecutive sailing medal, and his fourth consecutive gold. He had won this event in 2004 and 2008, and was Laser class champion at Sydney in 2000, after placing second in that class in 1996. But he had a tense battle over five days with 2006 and 2009 Finn World Champion Jonas Høgh Christensen of Denmark.

Høgh Christensen opened up on the first day by winning both races, with Ainslie second. He defeated Ainslie twice more on the second day, and then had another race win on day three. Ainslie finished only third and fourth in day three but moved into second place overall, as he moved ahead of France's Jonathan Lobert. Ainslie won the first race of day four and then defeated Høgh Christensen again in the second race on that day, although the Dane and Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma accused him of touching a mark near the end, costing him a penalty turn. On the final day, Høgh Christensen opened his lead over Ainslie to four, but Ainslie won the second race of the day to move ahead before the medal race. In the medal race, Ainslie focused only on staying ahead of Høgh Christensen, and did so, placing ninth to the Dane's 10th, assuring himself of a fourth straight gold medal. Lobert won the medal race to move ahead of Postma and take the bronze medal. Postma actually challenged for the top spot in the medal race, but at the last buoy he hit the camera on another boat, forcing him to take a penalty lap and dropping him off the podium.

Ainslie equaled the feat of another Dane, Paul Elvstrøm, who won the Finn class in 1952-60. Elvstrøm also won the one-person dinghy in 1948, but the boat was slightly different, racing in the Firefly that year, however, he is usually credited with four straight gold medals in the same class. Only Ainslie and Elvstrøm have won four gold medals in sailing, and Ainslie's fifth sailing medal equaled the most in the sport, held by Brazil's pair of Robert Scheidt, who had earlier achieved this in London, and Torben Grael.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS GP
1 Ben Ainslie 35 Great Britain GBR Gold 46 58
2 Jonas Høgh Christensen 31 Denmark DEN Silver 46 54
3 Jonathan Lobert 27 France FRA Bronze 49 59
4 Pieter-Jan Postma 30 Netherlands NED 52 72
5 Ivan Kljaković-Gašpić 28 Croatia CRO 55 65
6 Vasilij Žbogar 36 Slovenia SLO 63 72
7 Daniel Slater 36 New Zealand NZL 83 100
8 Rafael Trujillo 36 Spain ESP 86 109
9 Daniel Birgmark 39 Sweden SWE 90 107
10 Tapio Nirkko 27 Finland FIN 92 109
11 Deniss Karpak 26 Estonia EST 85 99
12 Zach Railey 28 United States USA 97 116
13 Brendan Casey 35 Australia AUS 106 131
14 Giannis Mittakis 22 Greece GRE 108 133
15 Gregory Douglas 22 Canada CAN 137 160
16 Piotr Kula 25 Poland POL 148 173
17 Eduard Skornyakov 31 Russia RUS 153 175
18 Alican Kaynar 23 Turkey TUR 154 176
19 Oleksiy Borysov 29 Ukraine UKR 160.6 183.6
20 Jorge Zarif 19 Brazil BRA 161 185
21 Michal Maier 48 Czech Republic CZE 162 185
22 Filippo Baldassari 24 Italy ITA 164 188
23 Florian Raudaschl 34 Austria AUT 179 204
24 Gong Lei 29 China CHN 190 215