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Hampshire's sailing superstar Ben Ainslie knighted
ARISE Sir Ben.
The most successful yachtsman in Olympic history was awarded the knighthood in the Queen’s New Year honours.
His hard-fought victory in the Finn class at Weymouth followed similar successes at the 2000 Games in Sydney, the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2008 contest in Beijing.
Ben’s four golds, coupled with the silver he won in Atlanta in 1996, make him the most decorated sailor in Olympic history.
He also carried the British flag at the London 2012 closing ceremony.
Ben is set to be awarded the freedom of his home town of Lymington in recognition of his outstanding achievements.