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Ben Ainslie 'amused' by doubts over his form in run-up to London 2012

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20-June-2012. Having seen off competition from Giles Scott for a place in the Olympic team, Ainslie was recently beaten by him in the Finn class at the Sail for Gold regatta

'Two weeks previously I won the World Championships and everybody said it was easy,' he said.

'Then Giles won the Sail For Gold regatta and suddenly, in two weeks, I'm in everyone else's eyes under-performing.'

Ainslie was hampered by illness and a capsized boat at the regatta in Weymouth, and insisted he had no doubts about his state of readiness for the summer Games, and said increased expectation was just to be expected in the build-up to his home Games.

'I think it's just something you have to deal with if you're towards the top of any sport,' he said.

'The pressure for the Olympics will be greater than ever and as I say, that's just something you have to deal with.

'You notice those expectation levels a lot more because we're at home.

'Previously we've been abroad and you don't quite get the feeling of anticipation and expectation but we are experiencing it now, being at home which is fantastic.

'But at the same time we have to rise to that level of expectation and get a result.'