Ainslie hopeful dominant Dane slips up

Ben Ainslie, pictured, praised Jonas Hogh-Christensen for his victory but remains confident

Ben Ainslie, pictured, praised Jonas Hogh-Christensen for his victory but remains confident

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Ben Ainslie remains confident of securing a fourth Olympic gold medal despite faltering once again on a day when the British sailing team were hit by news that Paul Goodison's regatta could be in jeopardy.

Ainslie came to London 2012 as overriding favourite to top the podium, but he has yet to overcome Jonas Hogh-Christensen in the Finn class.

The Dane has palmed off the reigning champion for six successive races now, getting a bullet - a sailing term for a victory - on Tuesday afternoon before holding off the home favourite to finish second ahead of him in the day's final race.

Hogh-Christensen boasts a 10-point cushion over second-place Ainslie, who is determined to come back strongly after Wednesday's rest day.

"Yesterday I was really frustrated, but today was much better," Ainslie said.

"I was in the game but at some point I need to start getting some points back.

"He is sailing really well. He is certainly having the regatta of his life at the moment so all credit to him.

"All I can do is the best I can right now and hope that if I keep pushing hard, he might slip up along the way.

"He is sailing really well. At some point the tables have got to turn."


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