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Sailing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Mixed One Person Dinghy

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Busan Yachting Center, Busan
Date Started: September 20, 1988
Date Finished: September 27, 1988
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: ESP José Luis Doreste
Silver: ISV Peter Holmberg
Bronze: NZL John Cutler

Summary

This Finn event came down to the last race. Spain’s José Luis Doreste finished only third in the race, but it was good enough for the gold medal when Peter Holmberg (ISV) finished only second. Doreste had been disqualified in the fourth race and was upset with his opponents, accusing them of trying to win “in the jury room” instead of on the water. In that race, Holmberg had gone over the starting line and the premature start dropped him to last-place points, eventually depriving him of the gold medal. Doreste’s brother, Luis Doreste, had won a gold medal in the 470 class at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Holmberg’s silver was the first Olympic medal won by the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In race five of the Finn class, Joseph Chan (SIN), who was racing concurrently in the 470 class, went overboard and was being swept away by the currents, unable to resist much because of a back injury. He was rescued by Canada’s Finn entrant Lawrence Lemieux, who had been in second place when he saw Chan struggling in the water, but deviated from his course to rescue him. Lemieux eventually finished 11th in the class, but was awarded the points for a second place position in race five, his placement when he left for the rescue. For his actions, he was given the Pierre de Coubertin Award by the IOC.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 José Luis Doreste 31 Spain ESP Gold 38.1 78.1
2 Peter Holmberg 27 United States Virgin Islands ISV Silver 40.4 80.4
3 John Cutler 26 New Zealand NZL Bronze 45.0 61.0
4 Stuart Childerley 22 Great Britain GBR 50.7 70.7
5 Lasse Hjortnæs 27 Denmark DEN 51.0 91.0
6 Thomas Schmid 29 West Germany FRG 72.1 112.1
7 Roy Heiner 27 Netherlands NED 78.4 118.4
8 Oleg Khopyorsky 29 Soviet Union URS 81.0 121.0
9 Lauri Rechardt 23 Finland FIN 88.8 128.8
10 Brian Ledbetter 24 United States USA 91.0 116.0
11 Lawrence Lemieux 32 Canada CAN 95.0 122.0
12 Chris Pratt 29 Australia AUS 99.0 139.0
13 Eric Mergenthaler 25 Mexico MEX 108.0 148.0
14 Armanto Ortolano 23 Greece GRE 119.0 159.0
15 Hans Spitzauer 23 Austria AUT 119.7 159.7
16 Mats Caap 30 Sweden SWE 122.0 152.0
17 Gonzalo Campero 28 Argentina ARG 123.0 163.0
18 Antal Székely 29 Hungary HUN 123.0 149.0
19 Jorge Zarif Neto 31 Brazil BRA 126.0 151.0
20 Henryk Blaszka 30 Poland POL 127.0 156.0
21 Bill O'Hara 29 Ireland IRL 131.7 171.7
22 Paolo Semeraro 26 Italy ITA 132.7 172.7
23 Luc Choley 29 France FRA 144.0 184.0
24 Halit Haluk Babacan 22 Turkey TUR 145.0 173.0
25 Park Gil-Cheol 25 South Korea KOR 154.0 194.0
26 Takayoshi Takasawa 32 Japan JPN 174.0 214.0
27 Nicholas Bryan 32 Hong Kong HKG 178.0 211.0
28 Shane Atwell 18 Barbados BAR 191.0 231.0
29 Colin Philp, Jr. 23 Fiji FIJ 194.0 234.0
30 Philippe Battaglia 30 Monaco MON 198.0 238.0
31 Eddy Sulistianto 26 Indonesia INA 202.0 242.0
32 Gary Griffin 35 Guam GUM 203.0 243.0
33 Nestor Soriano 34 Philippines PHI 232.0 272.0