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Sailing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Mixed Two Person Keelboat

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Outer Fjord, Kiel-Schilksee
Date Started: August 29, 1972
Date Finished: September 8, 1972
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best five of six scores to count for final placement.

Gold: URS Soviet Union
AUS Australia
Silver: GBR Great Britain
SWE Sweden
Bronze: USA United States
FRG West Germany
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Summary

The Tempest is a two-person keelboat that was only on the Olympic Program in 1972 and 1976. It was designed in 1965 by Ian Proctor as a boat to be used in trials for a new Olympic keelboat class, and it won those trials convincingly. The Tempest was unusual for this era in that it has a trapeze, which is a wire attached to the top of the mast, to which a crew member can hook onto, and brace against the outside of the hull to help keep the boat flat. Prior to 1972, only the Flying Dutchman class at the Olympics had used a trapeze.

Racing on the Bravo course, the Ukrainian Soviet crew of Valentyn Mankin and Vitaliy Dyrdyra won the gold medal by coming from behind in the final race to best the British crew of Alan Warren and David Hunt. Mankin was one of the greatest Olympic sailors ever. He had won the gold medal in the Finn Class in 1968, and he added a silver medal in Tempest in 1976 and a gold in Star Class in 1980, winning four Olympic medals in four sailing appearances. This made him only the second Olympic sailor, with Denmark’s Paul Elvstrøm, to win Olympic medals at four consecutive Olympics, although all of Elvstrøm’s were gold. Their mark would only be broken in 2012 when Britain’s Ben Ainslie and Brazilian Robert Scheidt won sailing medals at their fifth consecutive Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Australia AUS Gold 28.1 42.1
1 Soviet Union URS Gold 28.1 42.1
2 Sweden SWE Silver 44.0 68.0
2 Great Britain GBR Silver 34.4 48.4
3 West Germany FRG Bronze 44.4 61.4
3 United States USA Bronze 47.7 77.7
4 Brazil BRA 52.7 68.7
4 Sweden SWE 57.4 74.4
5 Italy ITA 58.4 77.4
5 Netherlands NED 58.7 81.7
6 Portugal POR 68.4 91.4
6 Norway NOR 70.0 92.0
7 Great Britain GBR 68.7 87.7
7 Brazil BRA 73.7 98.7
8 Hungary HUN 74.0 96.0
8 Ireland IRL 74.7 93.7
9 Soviet Union URS 76.0 102.0
9 France FRA 78.0 103.0
10 United States USA 89.0 115.0
10 Austria AUT 84.4 105.4
11 Austria AUT 92.0 116.0
11 West Germany FRG 88.0 113.0
12 Canada CAN 94.0 116.0
12 Poland POL 95.7 117.7
13 Bahamas BAH 97.0 121.0
13 Switzerland SUI 99.0 123.0
14 Switzerland SUI 99.7 125.7
14 Italy ITA 107.0 132.0
15 Norway NOR 101.0 121.0
15 Canada CAN 114.0 138.0
16 United States Virgin Islands ISV 106.7 129.7
16 Puerto Rico PUR 114.0 144.0
17 East Germany GDR 108.7 132.7
17 Denmark DEN 121.0 149.0
18 Argentina ARG 134.0 157.0
18 Hong Kong HKG 125.0 152.0
19 Australia AUS 128.0 155.0
20 United States Virgin Islands ISV 131.0 157.0
21 Thailand THA 153.0 180.0