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Sailing at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's Windsurfer

Sailing at the 1992 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

Events:
Phases:

Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Olympic Port, Barcelona
Date Started: July 27, 1992
Date Finished: August 2, 1992
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best nine of ten scores to count for final placement.

Gold: NZL Barbara Kendall
Silver: CHN Zhang Xiaodong
Bronze: NED Dorien de Vries

Summary

Men had competed in a windsurfing event in 1984 while in 1988 it was supposed to be a mixed windsurfing event, although no women competed. In 1992 men's and women's windsurfing events were contested separately for the first time, but this would become the standard. In 1988 the Lechner Division II board had been chosen for windsurfing, but in 1992 it was the slightly modified Lechner A-390. The centreboard and mast track were moved further aft on the A-390.

By placing in the top three in all but one of the first six races, New Zealander Barbara Kendall had an easy time winning this gold medal. Kendall would finish on the podium in women's windsurfing at three straight Olympics, winning silver in 1996 and a bronze in 2000. Her brother, Bruce Kendall had won gold in men's Olympic windsurfing at the 1988 Olympics. Barbara Kendall was recovering from a severe accident that occurred seven months prior to the Olympics when she was thrown from a power boat and the propellor cut a tendon and broke the scaphoid bone in her wrist. Silver medalist Zhang Xiadong of China won the first Olympic sailing medal for any Asian nation.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Barbara Kendall 24 New Zealand NZL Gold 47.8 63.8
2 Zhang Xiaodong 28 China CHN Silver 65.8 79.8
3 Dorien de Vries 26 Netherlands NED Bronze 68.7 99.7
4 Maud Herbert 18 France FRA 78.0 109.0
5 Carrie Butler-Beashel 22 United States USA 95.7 115.7
6 Penny Way-Wilson 30 Great Britain GBR 99.4 130.4
7 Alessandra Sensini 22 Italy ITA 101.4 132.4
8 Jorunn Horgen 25 Norway NOR 102.7 133.7
9 Joanna Burzyńska 23 Poland POL 122.7 153.7
10 Fiona Taylor 21 Australia AUS 136.0 157.0
11 Lee Lai Shan 21 Hong Kong HKG 143.0 165.0
12 Mireia Casas 23 Spain ESP 155.7 186.7
13 Lisa Neuburger 26 United States Virgin Islands ISV 160.7 191.7
14 Caroll-Ann Alie 32 Canada CAN 161.7 192.7
15 Christ'l Smet 31 Belgium BEL 179.0 210.0
16 Lisa Gullberg 22 Sweden SWE 182.0 205.0
17 Christina Forte 25 Brazil BRA 183.0 214.0
18 María Espínola 17 Argentina ARG 194.7 225.7
19 Lucía Martínez 30 Puerto Rico PUR 205.0 236.0
20 Amara Wichikong 29 Thailand THA 215.0 242.0
21 Ilona Dzelme 26 Latvia LAT 223.0 251.0
22 Bep de Waard 34 Netherlands Antilles AHO 226.0 254.0
23 Marie Menage 25 Mauritius MRI 261.0 292.0
24 Linda Yeomans 40 Guam GUM 270.0 301.0