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As Freddie Loof and Max Salminen pick up Star gold at London 2012
Prior to Ben Ainslie’s historic fourth Finn gold medal there had been a shock in the Star medal race, when the team that had performed the best all week was denied gold. While Ainslie was on the back foot for the opening half of his series before turning it around, so Britain’s Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson hadn’t flown away in the Star, but had consistently led from day two up against the Star's usual world class crop of pro-sailors, including multiple Olympic medallists, World Champions, America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race sailors. The Brits went into the Star medal race with an 8 point lead over Brazil’s Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada with Swedes Freddie Loof and Max Salminen a further four points back. In the double points scoring medal race, these three were far enough ahead of the chasing pack that they were all assured of the medals, but not their colour. Loof and Salminen were fastest out of the blocks in front of the assembled spectators in their thousands lining the Nothe course. They tacked early and when the fleet regrouped on the left, further up the beat, the Swedes were in front. Meanwhile Percy and Simpson were holding sixth, but reassuringly were one place ahead of their nearest rivals overall, Scheidt and Prada. The Swedes led around the top mark ahead of Kiwis Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner, with France’s Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot third with the Brits fifth, the Brazilians eighth. Up the second beat the Kiwis did well playing the mid-right to overhaul the Swedes at the second top mark rounding with the Brits still fifth, the Brazilians still eighth. Digging out to the left the Swedes regained the lead on the third beat and despite being down in sixth the Brits at this

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