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Sailing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Mixed One Person Dinghy

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): , Port Phillip Bay
Date Started: November 26, 1956
Date Finished: December 5, 1956
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: DEN Paul Elvstrøm
Silver: BEL André Nelis
Bronze: USA John Marvin
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The races were held on a 6 nautical mile (11 km) course in Port Phillip Bay. Paul Elvstrøm (DEN) had won the one-person dinghy at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, although in 1948 it was raced in the Firefly class. He won the opening race in Melbourne, but then struggled in the next two, only to come back and win the final four races for a gold medal three-peat. He would make it a four-peat at Roma in 1960, becoming the first Olympian to win the same individual event at four consecutive Olympics. Elvstrøm could have skipped the final race and won the gold medal in 1956. Belgium’s André Nelis won the silver medal, winning the second race, and finishing second three times. The designer of the Finn, Rickard Sarby, placed fifth, while the eighth-place finisher was Canadian Bruce Kirby, who designed the Laser, which would later become an Olympic class.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Paul Elvstrøm 28 Denmark DEN Gold 7,509
2 André Nelis 21 Belgium BEL Silver 6,254
3 John Marvin 29 United States USA Bronze 5,953
4 Jürgen Vogler 30 Germany GER 4,199
5 Rickard Sarby 44 Sweden SWE 3,990
6 Eric Bongers 32 South Africa RSA 3,912
7 Adelchi Pelaschiar 35 Italy ITA 3,409
8 Bruce Kirby 27 Canada CAN 3,213
9 Kenneth Albury 36 Bahamas BAH 3,182
10 Colin Ryrie 26 Australia AUS 2,965
11 Richard Creagh-Osborne 28 Great Britain GBR 2,853
12 Yury Shavrin 32 Soviet Union URS 2,664
13 Didier Poissant 33 France FRA 2,555
14 Jack Snowden 33 Singapore SIN 2,354
15 Wolfgang Erndl 35 Austria AUT 1,910
16 Somers Payne 30 Ireland IRL 1,830
17 Joaquim Roderbourg 38 Brazil BRA 1,519
18 Esteban Berisso 19 Argentina ARG 1,403
19 Lwin U Maung Maung 37 Myanmar MYA 1,007
20 Nesbit Bentley Fiji FIJ 934
20 John Gilmore Fiji FIJ 934