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Beijing 2008

Beijing 2008

Opening Date

08 Aug 2008

Closing Date

24 Aug 2008

Country of the host city

China

Candidate cities

Istanbul (TUR), Osaka (JPN), Paris (FRA) and Toronto (CAN)

Information

In many ways Beijing 2008 was a landmark Games for sailing. It was the first time the Medal Race format, featuring the top ten competitors competing in a final double-points race, was used at the Olympic Games. China won its first ever gold medal in sailing, whilst Alessandra Sensini of Italy became the first female sailor to win four Olympic medals. British sailor Ben Ainslie won his third consecutive Olympic gold medal, a feat International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge called 'equally fantastic' to the recording-breaking performances of American swimmer Michael Phelps and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

The 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition was held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre in the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao, located on the Yellow Sea, some 800 kilometres from Beijing.

The expected light winds conditions prevailed throughout the early part of the competition, which combined with the high heat and humidity made for some extremely challenging racing. Over the second week of racing, conditions were much more varied, including severe storms for several of the Medal Races. In total 18 nations won medals, including the first ever sailing medal for Lithuania. With four gold, one silver and one bronze medal, Great Britain topped the sailing Medal Tally for the third consecutive Games.

Other gold medals went to Australia, who repeated their feat of 2000 by winning both two-person dinghy events, Spain, the USA, China, Denmark and New Zealand.

ISAF Olympic News
Olympics - Regatta page - History - 2008
Introduction
Regatta Details
Start Date9 August 2008
End Date21 August 2008
ISAF IDCHN200808ABE
VenueQingdao
CountryChina, PR
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Websitewww.sailing.org/beijing2008
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Events
DisciplineTypeClassGradeResults
Fleet racing Men 470 view
Fleet racing Women 470 view
Fleet racing Open 49er view
Fleet racing Open Finn view
Fleet racing Men Laser view
Fleet racing Women Laser Radial view
Windsurfing Men RS:X W view
Windsurfing Women RS:X W view
Fleet racing Men Star view
Fleet racing Open Tornado view
Fleet racing Women Yngling view
2008 Beijing Olympic Games Sailing Competition09 Aug 2008 - 21 Aug 2008
Fleet racing - Men - 470
Position Nation Sail Number Net Points Total Points Crew
1AUS
AUS
n/a43.0059.00Nathan Wilmot
Malcolm Page
2GBR
GBR
n/a72.0072.00Nick Rogers
Joe Glanfield
3FRA
FRA
n/a72.0092.00Nicolas Charbonnier
Olivier Bausset
4NED
NED
n/a71.0086.00Sven Coster
Kalle Coster
5ESP
ESP
n/a83.00101.00Onan Barreiros
Aaron Sarmiento
6ITA
ITA
n/a86.00115.00Gabrio Zandonã
Andrea Trani
7JPN
JPN
n/a95.00119.00Tetsuya Matsunaga
Taro Ueno
8POR
POR
n/a92.0092.00Álvaro Marinho
Miguel Nunes
9CRO
CRO
n/a99.0099.00Sime Fantela
Igor Marenic
10ARG
ARG
n/a101.00101.00Javier Conte
Juan de la Fuente
11NZL
NZL
n/a95.0095.00Carl Evans
Peter Burling
12GRE
GRE
n/a101.00130.00Andreas KOSMATOPOULOS
Andreas Papadopoulos
13USA
USA
n/a105.00105.00Stuart Mcnay
Graham Biehl
14ISR
ISR
n/a108.00108.00Gideon Kliger
Udi Gal
15SWE
SWE
n/a111.00111.00Anton Dahlberg
Sebastian Östling
16IRL
IRL
n/a129.00154.00Ger Owens
Philip Lawton
17BRA
BRA
n/a104.00104.00Fabio Silva
Samuel Albrecht
18SLO
SLO
n/a139.00139.00Karlo Hmeljak
Mitja Nevecny
19POL
POL
n/a151.00175.00Patryk Piasecki
Kacper Ziemiński
20RUS
RUS
n/a157.00184.00Mikhail Sheremetyev
Maxim Sheremetyev
21BLR
BLR
n/a159.00188.00Sergei Desukevich
Pavel Logunov
22SIN
SIN
n/a159.00159.00Yuanzhen Xu
Terence Koh
23SUI
SUI
n/a162.00162.00Tobias Etter
Felix Steiger
24AUT
AUT
n/a164.00189.00Matthias Schmid
Florian Reichsteaedter
25KOR
KOR
n/a180.00207.00Cheul Yoon
Hyeong Tae Kim
26CHN
CHN
n/a156.00156.00Weidong Wang
Daokun Deng
27FIN
FIN
n/a196.00196.00Niklas Lindgren
Heikki Elomaa
28TUR
TUR
n/a198.00226.00Deniz Cinar
Ates Cinar
29CAN
CAN
n/a175.00175.00Stéphane Locas
Oliver Bone
Medal Tally
Medallists

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1932 Olympic Sailing Competition - Gallery
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1952 Olympic Sailing Competition - Gallery
Action from the start
2008 Olympics - Star Medal Race
(L-R) Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby of Australia and Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz of Spain
2008 Olympics - Tornado Medal Race
The Men's RS:X Medal Race gets underway
2008 Olympics - Men's RS:X Medal Race
Jian Yin of China
2008 Olympics - Women's RS:X Medal Race
Anna Tunnicliffe of the USA
2008 Olympics - Laser Radial - Medal Race
Paul Goodison of Great Britain
2008 Olympics - Laser Medal Race
Elise Rechichi (L) and Tessa Parkinson (R) of Australia
2008 Olympics - Women's 470 Medal Race
The Men's 470 Medal Race gets underway
2008 Olympics - Men's 470 Medal Race
Nico Delle - Karth and Nikolaus Resch of Austria are hit by a wave
2008 Olympics - 49er Medal Race
The start of the Finn Medal Race
2008 Olympics - Finn Medal Race
The start of the Yngling Medal Race
2008 Olympics - Yngling Medal Race
Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau of France at the start
2008 Olympics - 15 August - Star races
Johnny Lovell and Charlie Ogletree of the USA
2008 Olympics - 15 August - Tornado races
Ben Ainslie of Great Britain
2008 Olympics - 9-15 August - Finn races
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