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Dempsey wins first GBR sailing medal at Rio Olympics

Britain's oldest Olympic sailing competitor turns 36 today, and he celebrated by winning the first British sailing medal of the Rio Olympic Games.

Nick Dempsey and Dorian Van Rijsselberghe - Click image for a larger image

Nick Dempsey confirmed Silver in the men's RS:X ahead of the final medal race on Sunday.

Hoping to add a gold to his previous silver (2012) and bronze (2004) Olympic medals, Dempsey had to settle for silver behind Dorian Van Rijsselberghe of the Netherlands.

Dempsey started his campaign with his eyes firmly on the gold and a 1,1,2,1,4,8 scoreline over the first two days put him top of the leaderboard.

But pacing him was the 2012 Olympic winner, Dutchman Dorian Van Rijsselberghe.

Over the next two days the gold was really just between these two.

Eventually the consistency of Van Rijsselberghe, with a run of four wins over the final five races, swung it to the Flying Dutchman.

They will both contest the medal race on Sunday with their medals secure.

For Dempsey, who is retiring from Olympic competition, it will be a fitting end to his fifth Olympic Games, since making his Games debut at Sydney 2000.

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Gerald New - Sailweb
13 August 2016 8:54 GMT


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