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Peter O'Donnell

Full name: Peter Joseph O'Donnell
Nickname(s): POD
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 196 lbs (89 kg)
Born: February 28, 1939
Died: January 9, 2008 in Hallidays Point, New South Wales, Australia
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Nicknamed "POD", Peter O'Donnell was Australia's first Olympic champion in sailing. By that time, he had already sailed in the America's Cup and been in the crew of the winning yacht of the Sydney to Hobart Race in 1958. Captained by William Northam, O'Donnell won his Olympic gold medal in the 5.5 metre class. He never participated in the Olympics again, although he was close in 1980. That was his best year - he won the "Australian Yachtsman of the Year" award - but the Australian sailing federation boycotted the Moscow Olympics. O'Donnell had his greatest success in 1987, winning both the line and handicap competition in the Sydney to Hobart race. O'Donnell, who also bred horses, died after a long battle with cancer.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Sailing Mixed 5.5 metres Barrenjoey AUS 1 Gold

Mixed 5.5 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date PTS T
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Sailing Barrenjoey AUS Final Standings 1964-10-12 5,981
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Sailing Barrenjoey AUS Race One 1964-10-12 1,277 2-09:29
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Sailing Barrenjoey AUS Race Two 1964-10-13 499 2-38:52
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Sailing Barrenjoey AUS Race Three 1964-10-14 976 2-05:25
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Sailing Barrenjoey AUS Race Four 1964-10-15 1,277 2-00:51
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Sailing Barrenjoey AUS Race Five 1964-10-19 101
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Sailing Barrenjoey AUS Race Six 1964-10-20 1,277 2-11:45
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Sailing Barrenjoey AUS Race Seven 1964-10-21 675 2-13:56
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