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Sailing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Mixed One Person Dinghy

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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: NZL Russell Coutts
Silver: USA John Bertrand
Bronze: CAN Terry Neilson
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Summary

The 1984 Finn gold medal was eventually decided by an incident in the first race when American John Bertrand touched the bow of New Zealander Russell Coutts’s boat while attempting a port-tack. Bertrand was disqualified and, despite winning two races, lost the gold medal to Coutts by only 2.3 points. Coutts later achieved fame in the America’s Cup, winning the cup in 1996 aboard Black Magic 1, winning again in 2000, and then switching to a Swiss-based team, and winning for a third time in 2003. Coutts is one of only three skippers to win the America’s Cup three times, the other two being Charlie Barr and Harold Vanderbilt. Silver medalist John Bertrand is not the same sailor as, and is no relation to, Australian John Bertrand, who also later won the America’s Cup.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Russell Coutts 22 New Zealand NZL Gold 34.7 61.7
2 John Bertrand 28 United States USA Silver 37.0 72.0
3 Terry Neilson 25 Canada CAN Bronze 37.7 57.7
4 Joaquín Blanco 26 Spain ESP 60.7 95.7
5 Wolfgang Gerz 31 West Germany FRG 66.1 101.1
6 Chris Pratt 24 Australia AUS 68.0 86.0
7 Mike McIntyre 28 Great Britain GBR 70.7 91.7
8 Jorge Zarif Neto 26 Brazil BRA 78.7 103.7
9 Mark Neeleman 25 Netherlands NED 81.7 116.7
10 Ingvar Bengtsson 29 Sweden SWE 84.0 113.0
11 Peter Holmberg 23 United States Virgin Islands ISV 86.7 111.7
12 Lasse Hjortnæs 23 Denmark DEN 93.7 118.7
13 Bill O'Hara 25 Ireland IRL 96.0 124.0
14 Esko Rechardt 26 Finland FIN 105.7 140.7
15 Paolo Semeraro 22 Italy ITA 106.7 138.7
16 Armanto Ortolano 19 Greece GRE 108.7 143.7
17 Luc Choley 25 France FRA 124.0 152.0
18 Eric Mergenthaler 20 Mexico MEX 126.0 154.0
19 Juan Maegli 26 Guatemala GUA 129.0 155.0
20 Jean-Marc Holder 21 Trinidad and Tobago TTO 131.0 161.0
21 Per Arne Nilsen 23 Norway NOR 133.0 168.0
22 Philippe Willems 34 Belgium BEL 141.0 176.0
23 Guy Grossmith 31 Zimbabwe ZIM 155.0 183.0
24 Arshad Choudhry 37 Pakistan PAK 168.0 198.0
25 Tu Guangming 24 China CHN 178.0 213.0
26 David Ashby 46 Fiji FIJ 185.0 217.0
27 Derek Hudson 48 Botswana BOT 189.0 224.0
28 Nasser Karam 27 Egypt EGY 199.0 234.0