Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 1 -

BEN AINSLIE was left sift­ing through the wreck­age of his bid to de­liver a fourth suc­ces­sive sail­ing gold.

The GB star has dom­i­nated the Finn class – but his era of dom­i­nance looks to be over af­ter frus­trat­ing day in Wey­mouth.

Ainslie has four more races to sal­vage his dream – but he has so far failed to beat cur­rent leader Jonas Hogh- Christensen in any of the open­ing six con­tests.

To­day is a rest day, but Ainslie knows it will take a mas­sive ef­fort to turn the com­pe­ti­tion around.

Brit duo Iain Percy and An­drew Simp­son had more joy in the Star class.

But Ste­vie Mor­ri­son and Ben Rhodes were left stunned in the 49er class when they cap­sized and lie ninth over­all.

GB Olympics debu­tant Ali Young main­tained a good start with a sec­ond place in the day’s first Laser Ra­dial bat­tle, which was won by Ire­land’s An­nalise Mur­phy for the third race in suc­ces­sion.

Nick Dempsey in the RS:X class fin­ished fifth and seventh to leave him fourth over­all.

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