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Jonathan Janson

Full name: Jonathan Janson
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 209 lbs (95 kg)
Born: October 5, 1930 in Chelsea, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: November 29, 2015
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Jonathan Janson’s first major international competition was at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics when he won the bronze medal in the Dragon class aboard Bluebottle, a boat that was a wedding present from the people of Cowes to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. Janson, along with skipper [Graham Mann] and [Ronald Backus] were true amateurs, and paid their own way for the four-day trip to Melbourne. Consistent racing, with the exception of one poor race, saw them take the bronze medal. Four years later at Rome, this time aboard Salamander, Janson and his team-mates could finish only seventh despite being in contention with two races remaining. After the Rome Games Janson continued his Olympic career as a member of the International Jury at four Olympic Regattas and for services to the movement he was awarded the Silver Olympic Order in 1990.

Janson was an outstanding competitor in the Redwing Class with his father Rex, and they regularly competed at Cowes. Jonathan also competed in four world 5.5 Metre Championships, finishing fifth at Miami in 1997 at the age of 67. He was over 70 when he competed in his final 5.5. Metre World Championship in 2001.

He devoted a lot of his time to he sport he loved and served on the committee of the International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU) for over 30 years and was Chairman from 1979 to 1990. He joined the impressive list of winners of the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Beppe Croce Trophy in 1995 for his outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport. In 2005 he was made an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Royal Yacht Association (RYA) in recognition of his contribution to the financial well-being of the organization and he was also a Life Member and former Commodore of the Bembridge Sailing Club on the Isle of Wight.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Sailing Mixed Three Person Keelboat Bluebottle GBR 3 Bronze
1960 Summer 29 Roma Sailing Mixed Three Person Keelboat Salamander GBR 7

Mixed Three Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date PTS T
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Sailing Bluebottle GBR Final Standings 1956-11-26 4,547
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Sailing Bluebottle GBR Race One 1956-11-26 703 3-09:23
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Sailing Bluebottle GBR Race Two 1956-11-27 226 3-18:56
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Sailing Bluebottle GBR Race Three 1956-11-28 402 4-09:53
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Sailing Bluebottle GBR Race Four 1956-11-29 1,305 3-02:13
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Sailing Bluebottle GBR Race Five 1956-12-03 527 2-57:45
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Sailing Bluebottle GBR Race Six 1956-12-04 606 4-10:46
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Sailing Bluebottle GBR Race Seven 1956-12-05 1,004 3-07:33
1960 Summer 29 Roma Sailing Salamander GBR Final Standings 1960-08-29 4,604
1960 Summer 29 Roma Sailing Salamander GBR Race One 1960-08-29 930 3-30:34
1960 Summer 29 Roma Sailing Salamander GBR Race Two 1960-08-30 386 2-04:45
1960 Summer 29 Roma Sailing Salamander GBR Race Three 1960-08-31 356 2-55:00
1960 Summer 29 Roma Sailing Salamander GBR Race Four 1960-09-01 687 3-04:07
1960 Summer 29 Roma Sailing Salamander GBR Race Five 1960-09-05 1,532 2-34:37
1960 Summer 29 Roma Sailing Salamander GBR Race Six 1960-09-06 578 2-30:28
1960 Summer 29 Roma Sailing Salamander GBR Race Seven 1960-09-07 491 2-36:36
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