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Sailing at the
2008 Summer Olympics
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Sailboard   men   women
Laser men women
470 men women
Star men
Yngling women
Finn open
49er open
Tornado open
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Sailing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held from August 9 to 21. The competition took place in Qingdao, at Qingdao International Marina.

The events consisted of four classes for men, four for women, and three mixed classes that were open to both men and women. Since the 2004 Games, three events were changed to new equipment. The Neil Pryde RS:X was selected to replace the Mistral for both Men's and Women's sailboard, and the Laser Radial replaced the Europe as the Women's single-handed dinghy.


Competition format

Races in all events were sailed in a fleet racing format of ten regular series races (fifteen for the 49er), followed by a Medal Race. The contestants raced around the course in a group, and each boat earned a score equal to its finishing position. The nine (thirteen for the 49er) best scores for each boat were summed up for the regular series of races.

The Medal Races were 30 minutes long, limited to the ten boats with the lowest series scores in each event, and were scored double points based on finish position. The medals in each event were decided based on the overall total points (series plus medal), with ties being decided based on the Medal Race finish order.

These scoring rules were new for the 2008 Olympics, and were criticized as an ill-advised attempt to make sailing more attractive as a live event for television viewing.[1]

Medal summary


Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain (GBR) 4 1 1 6
2  Australia (AUS) 2 1 0 3
3  Spain (ESP) 1 1 0 2
 United States (USA) 1 1 0 2
5  China (CHN) 1 0 1 2
6  Denmark (DEN) 1 0 0 1
 New Zealand (NZL) 1 0 0 1
8  Netherlands (NED) 0 2 0 2
9  France (FRA) 0 1 2 3
10  Brazil (BRA) 0 1 1 2
 Italy (ITA) 0 1 1 2
12  Lithuania (LTU) 0 1 0 1
 Slovenia (SLO) 0 1 0 1
14  Argentina (ARG) 0 0 1 1
 Germany (GER) 0 0 1 1
 Greece (GRE) 0 0 1 1
 Israel (ISR) 0 0 1 1
 Sweden (SWE) 0 0 1 1
Total 11 11 11 33

Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flag of New Zealand.svg Tom Ashley
New Zealand (NZL)
Flag of France.svg Julien Bontemps
France (FRA)
Flag of Israel.svg Shahar Zubari
Israel (ISR)
Laser class
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Goodison
Great Britain (GBR)
Flag of Slovenia.svg Vasilij Zbogar
Slovenia (SLO)
Flag of Italy.svg Diego Romero
Italy (ITA)
470 class
 Australia (AUS)
Nathan Wilmot
Malcolm Page
 Great Britain (GBR)
Nick Rogers
Joe Glanfield
 France (FRA)
Nicolas Charbonnier
Olivier Bausset
Star class
 Great Britain (GBR)
Iain Percy
Andrew Simpson
 Brazil (BRA)
Robert Scheidt
Bruno Prada
 Sweden (SWE)
Fredrik Lööf
Anders Ekström

Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yin Jian
China (CHN)
Flag of Italy.svg Alessandra Sensini
Italy (ITA)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bryony Shaw
Great Britain (GBR)
Laser Radial class
Flag of the United States.svg Anna Tunnicliffe
United States (USA)
Flag of Lithuania.svg Gintarė Volungevičiūtė
Lithuania (LTU)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Xu Lijia
China (CHN)
470 class
 Australia (AUS)
Elise Rechichi
Tessa Parkinson
 Netherlands (NED)
Marcelien de Koning
Lobke Berkhout
 Brazil (BRA)
Fernanda Oliveira
Isabel Swan
Yngling class
 Great Britain (GBR)
Sarah Ayton
Sarah Webb
Pippa Wilson
 Netherlands (NED)
Mandy Mulder
Annemieke Bes
Merel Witteveen
 Greece (GRE)
Sofia Bekatorou
Sofia Papadopoulou
Virginia Kravarioti

Open events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Finn class
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ben Ainslie
Great Britain (GBR)
Flag of the United States.svg Zach Railey
United States (USA)
Flag of France.svg Guillaume Florent
France (FRA)
49er class
 Denmark (DEN)
Jonas Warrer
Martin Kirketerp
 Spain (ESP)
Iker Martínez de Lizarduy
Xabier Fernández
 Germany (GER)
Jan-Peter Peckolt
Hannes Peckolt
Tornado class
 Spain (ESP)
Antón Paz
Fernando Echavarri
 Australia (AUS)
Darren Bundock
Glenn Ashby
 Argentina (ARG)
Santiago Lange
Carlos Espínola


External links


  1. ^ Reynolds, Mark (November 16, 2005). "Scuttlebutt: Olympic Scoring Perspective". Scuttlebutt. US Sailing.  


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