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.
Denmark’s Christian Grønborg and Jørgen Bojsen-Møller dominated this class, as they did not have to start the final race to win the gold medal. They did so, placed sixth, but it did not matter. The other medalists, Norway’s Erik Bjørkum and Ole Petter Pollen, and Canada’s Frank McLaughlin and John Millen both trained in north Jutland, Denmark, where the Danes also trained. The fourth-place spot fell to the Israeli crew of Eldad Amir and Yoel Sela who were close to becoming the first Israelis to win an Olympic medal. They did not start the second race, which likely cost them a medal, because that race fell on Yom Kippur, the Jewish most holy day. Israeli Olympic officials forbade their athletes from competing on that day (21 September), threatening to withdraw from the Olympics any athlete who competed.