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Birabongse, Prince Bhanubandh

Full name: Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh
Original name: พีรพงศ์ ภาณุเดช
Other name(s): B. Bira, Prince Bira
Gender: Male
Height: 5-2 (158 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: July 15, 1914 in Bangkok, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand
Died: December 24, 1985 in London, Greater London, Great Britain
Title: Prince
Country: THA Thailand
Sport: Sailing

Related Olympians: Husband of Arunee, Princess Bhanubandh.

Biography

A grandson of King Mongkut, Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh of Siam was educated at Eton and Cambridge. He became involved in automobile racing in the 1930s, and singlehandedly established Thailand's racing colors. Initially competing under the pseudonym of "B. Bira", Bhanudej became best known as Prince Bira. Between 1950 and 1954, he competed in 19 Formule One World Championship races, scoring championship points on three occasions for a career total of eight. His best result was in the 1950 Swiss Grand Prix, in which he finished fourth in a Maserati. Returning to Thailand in 1955, he switched attention to a different hobby: sailing. He represented his country four times at the Olympics, although never with any success. Prince Bira was also instrumental in getting the Fireball World Championships to Thailand in 1978. Bira, who died of a heart attack in the London Underground in 1985, is remembered for his exploits by the Bira International Circuit outside Pattaya, and the Prince Bira Memorial Regatta, held since 1990.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 42 Melbourne Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Tichiboo THA 12
1960 Summer 46 Roma Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Siames-Cat THA 19
1964 Summer 50 Tokyo Sailing Mixed Three Person Keelboat Linglom THA 22
1972 Summer 58 München Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Thailand THA 21

Mixed Two Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date PTS T NP TP
1956 Summer 42 Melbourne Sailing Tichiboo THA Luang Pradiyat Navayudh Final Standings 1956-11-26 420
1956 Summer 42 Melbourne Sailing Tichiboo THA Luang Pradiyat Navayudh Race One 1956-11-26
1956 Summer 42 Melbourne Sailing Tichiboo THA Luang Pradiyat Navayudh Race Two 1956-11-27 180 3-19:04
1956 Summer 42 Melbourne Sailing Tichiboo THA Luang Pradiyat Navayudh Race Three 1956-11-28 139 3-40:02
1956 Summer 42 Melbourne Sailing Tichiboo THA Luang Pradiyat Navayudh Race Four 1956-11-29
1956 Summer 42 Melbourne Sailing Tichiboo THA Luang Pradiyat Navayudh Race Five 1956-12-03
1956 Summer 42 Melbourne Sailing Tichiboo THA Luang Pradiyat Navayudh Race Six 1956-12-04
1956 Summer 42 Melbourne Sailing Tichiboo THA Luang Pradiyat Navayudh Race Seven 1956-12-05 101 3-14:14
1960 Summer 46 Roma Sailing Siames-Cat THA Boonpuen Chomvith Final Standings 1960-08-29 1,614
1960 Summer 46 Roma Sailing Siames-Cat THA Boonpuen Chomvith Race One 1960-08-29 174 2-55:20
1960 Summer 46 Roma Sailing Siames-Cat THA Boonpuen Chomvith Race Two 1960-08-30 370 2-34:32
1960 Summer 46 Roma Sailing Siames-Cat THA Boonpuen Chomvith Race Three 1960-08-31 194 2-33:32
1960 Summer 46 Roma Sailing Siames-Cat THA Boonpuen Chomvith Race Four 1960-09-01 312 2-53:50
1960 Summer 46 Roma Sailing Siames-Cat THA Boonpuen Chomvith Race Five 1960-09-05 237 2-39:29
1960 Summer 46 Roma Sailing Siames-Cat THA Boonpuen Chomvith Race Six 1960-09-06 215 2-49:56
1960 Summer 46 Roma Sailing Siames-Cat THA Boonpuen Chomvith Race Seven 1960-09-07 286 2-29:45
1972 Summer 58 München Sailing Thailand THA Paitane Chulgatuppa Final Standings 1972-08-29 153.0 180.0
1972 Summer 58 München Sailing Thailand THA Paitane Chulgatuppa Race One 1972-08-29 27.0 3-19:39
1972 Summer 58 München Sailing Thailand THA Paitane Chulgatuppa Race Two 1972-08-30 26.0 2-53:07
1972 Summer 58 München Sailing Thailand THA Paitane Chulgatuppa Race Three 1972-08-31 27.0 2-47:00
1972 Summer 58 München Sailing Thailand THA Paitane Chulgatuppa Race Four 1972-09-01 26.0 2-21:01
1972 Summer 58 München Sailing Thailand THA Paitane Chulgatuppa Race Five 1972-09-04 27.0 2-30:01
1972 Summer 58 München Sailing Thailand THA Paitane Chulgatuppa Race Six 1972-09-05 20.0 3-27:26

Mixed Three Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date PTS T
1964 Summer 50 Tokyo Sailing Linglom THA Final Standings 1964-10-12 846
1964 Summer 50 Tokyo Sailing Linglom THA Race One 1964-10-12 162 2-40:28
1964 Summer 50 Tokyo Sailing Linglom THA Race Two 1964-10-13 120 3-31:15
1964 Summer 50 Tokyo Sailing Linglom THA Race Three 1964-10-14 162 2-33:41
1964 Summer 50 Tokyo Sailing Linglom THA Race Four 1964-10-15 120 2-25:56
1964 Summer 50 Tokyo Sailing Linglom THA Race Five 1964-10-19 162 2-41:23
1964 Summer 50 Tokyo Sailing Linglom THA Race Six 1964-10-20 120 2-49:37
1964 Summer 50 Tokyo Sailing Linglom THA Race Seven 1964-10-21 120 2-35:26
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