Ainslie ends season as champion

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The Independent Online

Triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie brought a frustrating season to a triumphant end, winning the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia to become the 2010 World Match Race Tour champion.

With Team Origin crew Iain Percy, Christian Kamp, Matt Cornwell and Mike Mott he beat the Australian Torvar Mirsky 3-2 in the final of the last and deciding regatta of the tour.

Both Ainslie and double gold medallist Percy return to their Olympic training after the announcement by team boss Sir Keith Mills that his Team Origin was withdrawing from its America’s Cup campaign.

Ainslie said afterwards: “It was obviously a great way for us to end as a team. It was very tough out there today, but it was a united effort and we’re really happy all round. For the whole team, this has been massive for us.”

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