WEYMOUTH, England (AP) -- Britain's Ben Ainslie has won his fourth straight gold medal and fifth games medal overall, making him the most successful sailor in Olympic history.
Ainslie, the son of a sailor, clinched the historic gold by finishing ninth in the Finn class medals race on Weymouth Bay in front of a large, partisan crowd, many of them waving the Union Jack.
All Ainslie had to do was finish ahead of Denmark's Jonas Hoegh-Christensen, who led the London Olympics regatta from Race 1. The Dane finished 10th and took the silver.
As he crossed the finish line, Ainslie pumped both fists, then stood up and pumped them again.
Ainslie eclipsed Denmark's Paul Elvstrom as the most successful sailing Olympian ever. Elvstrom won four straight gold medals from 1948-60, including three in the Finn class.