Dempsey claims silver for Team GB
August 7, 2012 13:51 pm
Great Britain's Nick Dempsey secured a windsurfing silver medal at London 2012.
The Athens 2004 bronze medallist came into the medal race knowing a top-six finish in the men's RS:X class would assure him of second place.
Dempsey duly delivered and finished third in the medal race to take silver as the Netherlands' Dorian van Rijsselberge secured gold.
The Dutch windsurfer came into the medal race with gold mathematically assured, knowing he only had to turn up and compete - even if he finished last - to clinch the victory.
The fight was on for silver and bronze, though, with Dempsey holding the advantage after the 10 opening fleet races. He boasted an 11-point cushion over nearest rival Toni Wilhelm of Germany, with Poland's Przemyslaw Miarczynski a further six points back.
Dempsey got the medal race off to a great start, appearing to see attack as the best form of defence.
He rounded the first mark in third position, with only race leader van Rijsselberge and France's Julien Bontemps ahead of him. The former went on to secure medal race victory ahead of the Frenchman to cap a gold medal-winning regatta in style.
Dempsey, meanwhile, held on for third to add silver to Great Britain's medal haul after Ben Ainslie won gold on Sunday and Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson took silver.
"It has been a pretty difficult four years but I always believed I could come here and do well," he told BBC Sport. "I am just massively relieved I think more than anything. It has been really tough, especially with Dorian having such a good start.
"It was really very, very tough and meant I was racing for second. I was hoping he would make a mistake and he didn't so I knew it was only ever going to be second. I was desperate to finish second here so I am certainly massively happy and glad I could do it for a lot of people that have helped me."
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