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Sailing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Windsurfer

Sailing at the 1984 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Long Beach Marina, Long Beach, California
Date Started: July 31, 1984
Date Finished: August 8, 1984
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: NED Stephan van den Berg
Silver: USA Scott Steele
Bronze: NZL Bruce Kendall
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Summary

This was the first time windsurfing was held at the Olympics and it was open only to men, the first time that an Olympic yachting event had not been contested as a mixed class. Men and women also had a windsurfing demonstration event in 1984. The board chosen in 1984 was the windglider. It had been designed in Europe and was chosen over the Windsurfer One, designed in America by Hoyle Schwitzer, which was used for the men’s and women’s demonstration event. The windglider would never be used again for Olympic windsurfing. The windsurfers raced over the Alpha course in the Long Beach Harbor.

The first gold medal in windsurfing went to Dutchman Stephan van den Berg, who won only one race, but was consistent, not having to count any race finish higher than fourth. Silver medalist Scott Steele of the United States was competing in his only Olympics. The bronze medalist, Bruce Kendall of New Zealand would win this event in 1988. His sister, Barbara, was one the world’s top women windsurfers and won a full set of Olympic medals in the women’s event at the 1992-2000 Olympics, including gold in 1992.

Van Den Berg had won four world titles (1980-83) on the Windglider, the first three in the Light division, which was eliminated in 1983. He turned professional after the Olympics, but returned in 1992 when pros were allowed to compete.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Stephan van den Berg 22 Netherlands NED Gold 27.7 44.7
2 Scott Steele 26 United States USA Silver 46.0 66.0
3 Bruce Kendall 20 New Zealand NZL Bronze 46.4 91.4
4 Gildas Guillerot 21 France FRA 52.4 97.4
5 Klaus Maran 24 Italy ITA 54.4 69.4
6 Greg Hyde 21 Australia AUS 55.7 73.7
7 Dirk Meyer 24 West Germany FRG 67.2 93.2
8 Björn Eybl 19 Austria AUT 80.0 97.0
9 Peter Bonello 23 Malta MLT 82.7 101.7
10 Hans Nyström 23 Sweden SWE 84.0 129.0
11 Svein Rasmussen 21 Norway NOR 89.4 134.4
12 Eduardo Bellini 18 Spain ESP 92.0 122.0
13 Ken Klein, Jr. 24 United States Virgin Islands ISV 93.7 115.7
14 Yehuda Atedji 23 Israel ISR 111.6 138.6
15 Dušan Puh 32 Yugoslavia YUG 118.0 143.0
16 Tsutomu Sato 23 Japan JPN 132.0 177.0
17 Jorge García 21 Argentina ARG 134.4 165.4
18 Mauricio Toscano 19 Mexico MEX 139.0 168.0
19 Eric Graveline Canada CAN 140.4 173.4
20 Manuel Dalmau 22 Puerto Rico PUR 142.8 187.8
21 David Hackford 20 Great Britain GBR 145.0 190.0
22 José Pedro Monteiro 25 Portugal POR 152.0 184.0
23 Saard Panyawan 19 Thailand THA 159.0 198.0
24 Marc Erzberger 16 Switzerland SUI 160.8 195.8
25 Tang Qingcai 23 China CHN 167.0 201.0
26 Kelly Chan 27 Singapore SIN 178.0 215.0
27 Hugh Watlington 30 Bermuda BER 180.0 225.0
28 Policarpio Ortega Philippines PHI 181.0 226.0
29 Flavio Pelliccioni 28 San Marino SMR 191.0 226.0
30 Inigo Ross 23 Antigua and Barbuda ANT 205.0 245.0
31 Stelios Georgousopoulos 19 Greece GRE 206.0 251.0
32 Choi Lee Keung 22 Hong Kong HKG 207.0 247.0
33 Tony Philp 15 Fiji FIJ 212.0 257.0
34 Jo Jin-Seop 19 South Korea KOR 229.0 274.0
35 Babacar Wade Senegal SEN 232.0 277.0
36 Antonio Esteban Dominican Republic DOM 236.0 281.0
37 Talib Salim Al-Maiwali 33 Oman OMA 243.6 288.6
38 Thomas Nisbet 28 Bahamas BAH 251.0 296.0