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30 July 2012, 07:16 pm
Danish Sailor Hits Start Boat, But Remains At Top Of Finn Fleet
Hogh Christensen still on the money
Hogh Christensen still on the money

London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition
Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain

Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN), who beat favourite Ben Ainslie (GBR) in the opening two races of the Finn class on Sunday, remains at the top of the fleet after four races despite hitting the pin-end start boat and having to execute penalty turns. The 31-year-old finished the day with a second and a seventh.
Jonathan Lobert (FRA) was the most consistent Finn sailor of the day taking a second and a fourth taking him up into second place overall.

Ainslie was keen to improve on his opening race performance of two second places, but it was not his day. The triple gold medallist finished with a sixth and a 12th, leaving him in third overall on 22 points. Ainslie said, "I wasn't happy with my own performance. It will get me fired up for the rest of the week. It's a very fine line between success and failure at this level."

In fourth overall after four races is double European champion Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO), after a seventh and a ninth. The Croatian said, "Today I've been surviving most of the time. I didn't have any brilliant moments. It wasn't easy today."

Dan Slater (NZL) who had a poor start in the opening two races on Sunday, enjoyed the windy conditions in Weymouth Bay and took his first win of the event.

Another winner, in the second race of the day, was Daniel Birkmark (SWE). The Swede was lying in second place to Tapio Nirkko (FIN) when Nirkko capsized on the first leeward gate mark, allowing the Swede to slip through to a winning lead.

The Finns continue tomorrow starting at 12:00 local time on the Weymouth Bay South course.

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