Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 9 -

NICK DEMPSEY sur­vived a sleep­less night to clinch a sil­ver medal in the men’s wind­surf­ing – and fi­nally ban­ished his Bei­jing night­mare.

Dempsey was dis­traught four years ago when he fin­ished fourth af­ter tak­ing bronze in Athens 2004.

And he feared he may miss out again when Dutch­man Do­rian van Ri­js­sel­berge wrapped up gold at Wey­mouth with two races to go.

But Dempsey held his nerve and se­cured sec­ond place de­spite nerves mean­ing he barely slept ahead of the fi­nal race.

Dempsey said: “It’s been a pretty dif­fi­cult four years but I al­ways be­lieved I could come here and do well.

“I’m just mas­sively re­lieved more than any­thing. It’s been re­ally tough.

“The Dutch guy had such a good start to the re­gatta and it was about com­ing to terms very quickly with the fact I was only go­ing to be rac­ing for sec­ond.

“I was des­per­ate, des­per­ate to win sil­ver. Third was go­ing to be a dis­as­ter, and fourth I don’t know what I’d have done.

“I’m just glad I could do it for all the peo­ple who have helped me.”

NERVES: Dempsey

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