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Ben Ainslie Retires from Olympics

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7:51am 27th November 2012
(Updated 7:51am 27th November 2012)

Restronguet's four-time Olympic gold medal winning sailor Ben Ainslie will not defend his title at Rio 2016.

He has taken part in five Games dating back to a silver medal he won in Atlanta in 1996.

Ainslie admits the strain on his body to compete in the Finn Class has become too much for his back.

He will instead concentrate on the America's Cup.

He learnt to sail on the Carrick Roads and, following his record breaking gold medal off Dorset, a post box was painted gold in his honour.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph he said: "My entire life since I was a boy has been focused on those five Olympic rings and when I look back at the last 20 years there are so many special memories; from that first medal in Atlanta 16 years ago to carrying the flag at the closing ceremony in London 2012.

"I feel so grateful to everyone who has made sacrifices on my behalf along the way - my family, my friends, my coaches -allowing me the opportunity to pursue my dream."

7:51am 27th November 2012

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