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Sailing at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Mixed 8 metres

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): , Zuiderzee
Date Started: August 2, 1928
Date Finished: August 9, 1928
Format: Seven races, with the first four preliminary. After four races, yachts are eliminated that have not placed in the top three in any of the four preliminary races. Final placements determined by a majority ordinal system.

Gold: FRA France
Silver: NED Netherlands
Bronze: SWE Sweden

Summary

They had been other women who had won Olympic gold medals in sailing but none had ever done so as captain before Virginie Hériot achieved this feat in 1928. The Frenchwoman and her all-male crew clinched their victory by winning the seventh and final race of the series and became the only boat to record three race victories. Anything other than victory in the sixth and seventh Olympic races would most probably have seen them drop down to the bronze medal position but the French team thrived in the stronger wind conditions and could not be matched when the wind blew on the Zuiderzee. Sweden, which finished third, included three members of the Sandblom family, as John Sandblom was joined by his sons.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal MO
1 L'Aile VI FRA Gold 3 1sts
2 Hollandia NED Silver 2 1sts, 2 2nds, 3 3rds
3 Sylvia SWE Bronze 2 1sts, 2 2nds, 1 3rd
4T Bamba ITA 1 2nd, 1 3rd, 1 4th, 1 5th, 1 6th, 1 8th
4T Noreg NOR 1 2nd, 1 3rd, 1 4th, 1 5th, 1 6th, 1 8th
6 Babe USA 1 3rd
7 Feo GBR 1 4th, 1 5th, 1 7th
8 Cupidon III ARG 1 4th, 1 5th, 1 8th