Scott outshines Ainslie to take gold
June 9, 2012 17:28 pm
Great Britain's Giles Scott has sent out a message to the Olympic selectors by seeing off Ben Ainslie and securing victory at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.
Three-time gold medallist Ainslie was chosen to represent Team GB at a fifth successive Games this summer in spite of tough competition from former world and European champion Scott.
However, the 24-year-old proved he is one of the best in the Finn fleet by sailing an impeccable week in Weymouth, winning six races - including the medal race - to secure gold.
"I feel good, I feel pretty happy with my performance," Scott said. "I can't really complain.
"I put in first and seconds and you can't really ask much more than that. Being able to end it by winning the medal race is pretty good as well.
"I wasn't really trying to prove anything with that. It is just quite nice to win races."
Ainslie, by comparison, endured a difficult regatta on the Olympic waters yet still left with a silver medal.
The 35-year-old struggled with a virus at the start of the event, but recovered to take the fight down to the medal race, although he capsized and could only managed a 10th place finish.
"Sometimes these things happen," Ainslie said. "Thankfully it wasn't the Olympic Games.
"I made a mistake, we're all human. It wasn't my best race but Giles sailed fantastically. He had a great series and I am really pleased for him to go and show how good he is."
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