Britain's Ben Ainslie didn't win the race, but he still sailed into the history books.

By coming in ninth in Sunday's race, Ainslie won his fourth straight gold medal and fifth Olympic medal overall to eclipse Denmark's Paul Elvstrom as the most decorated sailing Olympian ever.

The key for the British sailor was to come ahead of Denmark's Jonas Hoegh-Christensen, who crossed last Sunday but still took the silver.

On the shores of Weymouth, where tens of thousands watched the race on Jumbotrons, British fans erupted in joy at Ainslie's achievement, waving a sea of Union Jacks.

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