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Sailing at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's One Person Dinghy

Sailing at the 1992 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Olympic Port, Barcelona
Date Started: July 27, 1992
Date Finished: August 3, 1992
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: NOR Linda Andersen
Silver: ESP Natalia Vía Dufresne
Bronze: USA Julia Trotman
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Summary

Women competed separately in a one-person dinghy class for the first time at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Mixed one-person dinghy events had been held since the 1924 Olympics, but only one woman had ever competed in them, Ella Maillart of Switzerland in 1924. The Europe class was chosen as a women’s class because it is fairly small and light and considered ideal for sailors weighing less than 75 kg. It was designed in 1960 by Belgian Alois Rolland. The Europe class was contested by women from 1992-2004 at the Olympics, but was replaced in 2008 by the Laser Radial as the women’s one-person dinghy class.

Norway’s Linda Andersen started slowly but won the third and fourth races to move into the lead. However, entering the final race, her victory was not assured as American Julia Trotman and Spanish sailor Natalia Vía Dufresne could both win the gold, and even New Zealander Jenny Armstrong had a longshot chance. Armstrong finished second in the seventh race, not enough to get her on the podium. Andersen finished fifth but that was better than Trotman or Vía Dufresne and secured her the gold medal. Vía Dufresne won the silver, and would win a second silver in the 470 class at Athina in 2004. Her sister, Begoña, later won a gold medal in the 470 class at Savannah in 1996.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Linda Andersen 23 Norway NOR Gold 48.7 79.7
2 Natalia Vía Dufresne 19 Spain ESP Silver 57.4 71.4
3 Julia Trotman 24 United States USA Bronze 62.7 93.7
4 Jenny Armstrong 22 New Zealand NZL 65.0 91.0
5 Dorte Jensen 19 Denmark DEN 65.7 85.7
6 Krista Kruuv 21 Estonia EST 67.1 89.1
7 Martine van Leeuwen 24 Netherlands NED 67.7 94.7
8 Arianna Bogatec 23 Italy ITA 69.0 88.0
9 Shirley Robertson 24 Great Britain GBR 73.7 95.7
10 Chita Smedberg 20 Finland FIN 79.0 109.0
11 Helena Brodin 21 Sweden SWE 80.7 106.7
12 Denise Lyttle 24 Ireland IRL 84.4 115.4
13 Annabel Chaulvin 27 France FRA 100.7 123.7
14 Márcia Pellicano 22 Brazil BRA 103.0 130.0
15 Shona Moss 23 Canada CAN 110.0 138.0
16 Nicole Meylan-Levecque 28 Switzerland SUI 114.0 145.0
17 Gisela Williams 20 Argentina ARG 114.0 143.0
18 Min Dezillie 19 Belgium BEL 115.0 146.0
19 Krisztina Bácsics 18 Hungary HUN 126.0 154.0
20 Christine Bridge 30 Australia AUS 132.0 158.0
21 Paula Lewin 21 Bermuda BER 139.0 165.0
22 Zhang Shunfang 26 China CHN 146.0 175.0
23 Karen Portch 33 Antigua and Barbuda ANT 160.0 190.0
24 Marissa Maurin 25 Chile CHI 172.0 203.0