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31 July 2012, 05:58 pm
Belief Kicks In For Hogh Christensen
Smiles for the Dane as he faces the press
Smiles for the Dane as he faces the press

London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition
Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain

Having opened up a ten point lead over Ben Ainslie (GBR) in the Finn class at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Jonas Hogh Christensen (DEN) believes he can go on and win.
"I've always had the feeling I can beat Ben on my best day and I can beat all the other guys when I sail my best," said the Dane. "I've been sailing my best here for the last three days and if I can keep that up then there's a good chance I can win. I'm a bit surprised it's going this well but I always thought I had it in me and I guess I do."

Hogh Christensen has blitzed the Finn fleet and discards his seventh place from the second day of sailing and with three race wins and two seconds a total score of seven points sees him lead the way.

In the first race of the day Hogh Christensen picked up his third race win whilst in race 6 the Dane had to start at the back of the fleet after he thought he started too early, "I had a very good first race with a perfect start and perfect first beat and led all the way round. In the second race I actually thought I started too early and I started returning, then I saw the flag wasn't up so it meant I wasn't early and restarted and was a bit behind everybody else but thought as hard as I could. I knew I had to fight to get back up and I came up to the windward mark in fourth and did the best that I could."

Estonia's Deniss Karpak comfortably took the race win and Hogh Christensen was quick to heap praise on him, "Big up to the Estonian guy. He had an amazing first run and he sped away and I couldn't do much about so I focused on staying second and keeping the boys behind me."

With the Dane in such vicious form Ainslie has had to take a back seat and play catch up. A fourth in Race 5 and third in Race 6 is the type of performance that would usually see the Brit at the top of the pile but Hogh Christensen has found his feet. On the Dane Ainslie said, "He is sailing really well. He is a good sailor and a big guy. He is having the regatta of his life. He likes upwind and for whatever reason he is nailing it every time. If I keep pushing hard he might slip up. It's a difficult place to sail here, but he keeps nailing it. He is sailing well and at some point the tables have to turn. He's on fire."

In bronze medal position after six races sits Jonathan Lobert (FRA) on 23 points. But Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) and Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) are hot on his heels.

The Finns enjoy a lay day tomorrow before racing resumes on 2 August at 12:00 local time on the Weymouth Bay South course.

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