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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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Entry Address
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Websitewww.sailing.org/beijing2008
Latest News
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 - Star
Position Nation Sail Number Net Points Total Points Crew
1GBR
GBR
n/a34.0047.00Iain Percy
Andrew Simpson
2BRA
BRA
n/a47.0058.00Robert Scheidt
Bruno Prada
3SWE
SWE
n/a41.0051.00Fredrik Loof
Anders Ekstrom
4POL
POL
n/a58.0058.00Mateusz Kusznierewicz
Dominik Zycki
5SUI
SUI
n/a56.0067.00Flavio Marazzi
Enrico De Maria
6FRA
FRA
n/a61.0070.00Xavier Rohart
Pascal Rambeau
7GER
GER
n/a56.0070.00Marc Pickel
Ingo Borkowski
8POR
POR
n/a57.0057.00Afonso Domingos
Bernardo Santos
9NZL
NZL
n/a68.0075.00Hamish Pepper
Carl Williams
10ITA
ITA
n/a84.0092.00Diego Negri
Luigi Viale
11USA
USA
n/a82.0098.00John Dane III
Austin Sperry
12AUT
AUT
n/a73.0087.00Hans Spitzauer
Christian Nehammer
13IRL
IRL
n/a79.0092.00Peter O'Leary
Stephen Milne
14AUS
AUS
n/a88.00103.00Iain Murray
Andrew Palfrey
15CRO
CRO
n/a83.0098.00Marin Lovrovic Jr
Sinisa Mikulicic
16CHN
CHN
n/a124.00140.00Hongquan Li
He Wang
Medal Tally
Medallists

Galleries

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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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