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Olympian Ben Ainslie tops open rankings for first time

Ben Ainslie

Ben Ainslie wins 2010 Match-Racing World Championships

Three-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie is number one in sailing's open world match race rankings for the first time.

Ainslie took over top spot in the wake of winning the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia on Sunday, thereby clinching the ISAF Match Racing World Championship.

He led his Team Origin crew to victory in the ninth and final event of the World Match Racing Tour series.

Ainslie, ranked at eight a year ago, had been second before swapping places with New Zealand's Adam Minoprio.

Macclesfield-born Ainslie, who had trailed Minoprio in the rankings since July, has 12,527 points to his nearest rival's 11,761.

The Briton's successful crew comprised double Olympic champion Iain Percy, Mike Mottle, Matt Cornwell and Christian Kamp.

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Ainslie, who will now concentrate on London 2012, said the team had set their sights on winning this year's Monsoon Cup as it would help make up for a difficult year in which Team Origin's campaign for the 2013 America's Cup was scrapped.

France's Mathieu Richard stays at number three in the rankins ahead of Australian Torvar Mirsky, with Britain's Ian Williams completing the top five.



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see also
Ainslie wins world championship
05 Dec 10 |  Sailing
GB sailors earn medals in Perth
20 Nov 10 |  Sailing
Team Origin opt out of 2013 Cup
01 Oct 10 |  Sailing
America's Cup scheduled for 2013
14 Sep 10 |  Sailing
Ainslie off gold pace in Weymouth
13 Aug 10 |  Sailing


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