Gold Medal Finn
Ben secured his fourth Gold medal to claim his place in sports history as the most decorated Olympic sailor of all time. He is off to spend a year in San Francisco where he will be joining ‘Oracle’, the defending America’s Cup team and if that doesn’t keep him busy enough he is also starting his own team, Ben Ainslie Racing. He was chosen to carry the flag at the Olympic closing ceremony and said it was one of the proudest moments of his life. Ben has said he would love to compete for a fifth Gold medal at Rio in 2016 but other commitments may prevent him, will he, won’t he?, check out the latest odds on GBs Gold medallists appearing again in Rio at WILLIAM HILL.
Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie
Gold Medal Canoe Slalom
The partnership said they were just happy to make the final, Stott suffered a serious injury to his shoulder during training last year followed by six months of recovery. They just sneaked into the final, their winning run was in 106.41secs, team mates David Florence and Richard Hounslow took the Silver medal and the four celebrated in the water to deafening cheers from the partisan crowd in the stands. The pair who were ranked number 6 in the World, produced the run of their lives to take GBs first ever slalom Gold medal, after the race Baillie said, ‘To win is just mad and for David and Richard to finish second is just fantastic’.
Gold Medal Canoe Sprint K1 200m
A 20,000 strong crowd at Eton Dorney lake Berkshire, cheered Ed as he stormed to victory in the 200m sprint kayak final. In a world class field, Ed won Team GBs 26th Gold medal of the games, in fine style, he is only the second Briton to ever win this title in the sport. A stiff wind meant he could not match the Olympic record time he set in the heats, he finished in 36.2 seconds. Ed went to school in Wiltshire where he joined his first canoe club aged 12, five years later he competed in the Junior World Championship and by the age of nineteen was part of the GB Senior Team. He can now take some well earned time off to concentrate on his wedding next month to his fiancee, PE teacher Anya Kucjak.