By Craig Bohnert | Dec. 11, 2016, 12:59 a.m. (ET)
Caleb Paine celebrates winning the bronze medal in the Finn class at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Marina da Gloria on Aug. 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


Caleb Paine held on Sunday to claim the bronze medal in the Finn class for the second time in three years at the 2016 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, held on the waters off Melbourne, Australia.

Bronze medalist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Paine enjoyed a solid regatta in Melbourne, winning two of the eight races leading into the Sunday’s medal race, where he placed fifth to finish with 29 points. He needed every bit of the five-point cushion he’d built during the week to withstand a challenge from Nicholas Heiner of the Netherlands, who fell one point short of the podium.

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The sailing world cup series champion in 2011-12, Paine has been the top American Finn sailor since 2012.

Australia’s Jake Lilley won the class with 12 points, while Edward Wright of Great Britain earned silver with 20 points.