Britain's silver surfer

  • Last Updated: August 7 2012, 19:11 BST

Great Britain's Nick Dempsey kept his cool as he secured a windsurfing silver medal at London 2012.

Britain's silver surfer

The Athens 2004 bronze medallist, but an agonising fourth in Beijing four years ago, came into the medal race knowing a top-six finish in the men's RS:X class would assure him of second place.

Dempsey duly delivered as he came home in third to take silver - with the Netherlands' Dorian van Rijsselberge having already assumed an unassailable lead in first.

Van Rijsselberge came into the medal race with gold mathematically assured, knowing he only had to turn up and compete - even if he finished last - to clinch the victory.

The fight was on for silver and bronze, though, with Dempsey holding the advantage after the 10 opening fleet races.

He boasted an 11-point cushion over nearest rival Toni Wilhelm of Germany, with Poland's Przemyslaw Miarczynski a further six points back.

Dempsey got the medal race off to a great start, appearing to see attack as the best form of defence.

He rounded the first mark in third position, with only race leader van Rijsselberge and France's Julien Bontemps ahead of him.

The former went on to secure medal race victory ahead of the Frenchman to cap a gold medal-winning regatta in style.

Dempsey, meanwhile, held on for third to add silver to Great Britain's medal haul after Ben Ainslie won gold on Sunday and Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson took silver.

Poland's Miarczynski finished the medal race in fourth to take bronze ahead of Wilhem in what is slated to the be the last men's RS:X race at the Olympics, with the sport dropped in favour of kiteboarding for 2016.

Dempsey was glad to be able to put his Beijing memories behind him.

"It has taken me a long time to get over that (Beijing) and I think I am over it - just about,'' Dempsey said.

"This is just amazingly special. I think with it just being at home, it is just incredible.

"To have your friends there and your family there is special.

"It is not often you get to share these amazing moments in life with your friends and family because you're always halfway around the world.''

Meanwhile, Spain's Marina Alabau has won gold in the equivalent women's class.

Briton Bryony Shaw missed out on a medal - a fifth place in the medal race meant the Beijing bronze medallist finished down in seventh overall.

"I am pretty gutted really,'' Shaw said.

"You work hard for four years and this is the main focus, but I've enjoyed those four years.

"It is great to be a windsurfer and if I had been able to medal here it would've been a fantastic achievement.

"It is a fantastic fleet and hats off to the girls that medalled this week. Everyone really pushed through to the wire and there is a lot of people disappointed after the medal race, including myself."