Rio Olympics 2016: Caleb Paine secures first U.S. sailing medal since 2008

Rio Olympics 2016: Caleb Paine secures first U.S. sailing medal since 2008

Paine finished first in Tuesday's medal race to take bronze on the last day of competition.

U.S. Olympic sailor Caleb Paine secured bronze after winning the medal race in the men's Finn event in Rio on Tuesday.

Paine, appearing in his first career Olympic Games, entered the medal race in fourth place overall, five points out of the medals. But the San Diego sailor put on a dominant medal race performance by leading at every mark of the course. Croatia's Ivan Kljakovic had entered the day in third place but dropped to fifth overall after finishing last on the water Tuesday.

"It’s been a tough battle for me, and I feel fortunate to come up with a medal in the end," Paine said after the race. “I saw quite a bit of breeze coming down the right side [on the first leg], I hitched out there, and then was continuously playing the right. I just saw the wind, and sailed towards it."

The win is the first Olympic medal for the U.S. sailing since the Beijing Games in 2008.

Great Britain's Giles Scott clinched gold in the Finn on Sunday, while Slovenia's Vasilij Zbogar took silver.

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