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Sailing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Windsurfer

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Wassaw Sound, Savannah, Georgia
Date Started: July 23, 1996
Date Finished: July 29, 1996
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best seven of nine scores to count for final placement. 11 scheduled races, but only 9 were held.

Gold: HKG Lee Lai Shan
Silver: NZL Barbara Kendall
Bronze: ITA Alessandra Sensini

Summary

The 1996 windsurfing class, for both men and women, was changed to the Mistral One Design Class, which was first designed in 1989. It was also used for the windsurfing event at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. There were nine races with each sailor having two discards.

[Lee Lai-Shan] of Hong Kong, usually known as San-San, was the 1993 World Champion in Mistral, and was runner-up in the class earlier in 1996. In the first eight races in Savannah, she won only the eighth, but she already had four seconds and a third and this clinched the gold medal, allowing her to skip the final race. Hong Kong had competed at the Olympics since 1952, but San-San’s gold was their first ever Olympic medal.

Runner-up Barbara Kendall had won the 1992 windsurfing gold medal and would add a bronze in 2000 to complete her collection. Her brother was Bruce Kendall, who was the 1988 men’s windsurfing gold medalist. Barbara Kendall would become an IOC Member in 2005. Italy’s Alessandra Sensini had competed at the 1992 Olympics, finishing seventh, but her bronze medal here was her first of four consecutive Olympic windsurfing medals, winning gold in 2000, bronze in 2004, and a silver in 2008. Through 2012 she had also won four golds and eight medals at the World Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Lee Lai Shan 25 Hong Kong HKG Gold 16.0 51.0
2 Barbara Kendall 28 New Zealand NZL Silver 24.0 40.0
3 Alessandra Sensini 26 Italy ITA Bronze 28.0 58.0
4 Li Ke 27 China CHN 29.0 52.0
5 Jorunn Horgen 29 Norway NOR 31.0 68.0
6 Dorota Staszewska 17 Poland POL 38.0 63.0
7 Penny Way-Wilson 34 Great Britain GBR 44.0 92.0
8 Maud Herbert 22 France FRA 46.0 74.0
9 Natasha Sturges 21 Australia AUS 48.0 72.0
10 Dorien de Vries 30 Netherlands NED 52.0 93.0
11 Carrie Butler-Beashel 26 United States USA 53.0 86.0
12 Caroll-Ann Alie 36 Canada CAN 57.0 101.0
13 Mireia Casas 27 Spain ESP 79.0 117.0
14 Lisa Neuburger 30 United States Virgin Islands ISV 79.0 107.0
15 Masako Imai 29 Japan JPN 96.0 132.0
16 Ju Sun-An 25 South Korea KOR 95.0 131.0
17 Mónica Fechino 29 Argentina ARG 108.0 153.0
18 Ilona Dzelme 30 Latvia LAT 113.0 158.0
19 Lucía Martínez 34 Puerto Rico PUR 117.0 168.0
20 Minna Aalto 30 Finland FIN 117.0 160.0
21 Catarina Fagundes 19 Portugal POR 133.0 184.0
22 Turia Vogel 26 Cook Islands COK 146.0 199.0
23 Gelly Skarlatou 20 Greece GRE 149.0 197.0
24 Fiona Morrison 26 Andorra AND 153.0 206.0
25 Ayşe Sözeri 22 Turkey TUR 156.0 206.0
26 Christina Forte 29 Brazil BRA 173.0 229.0
27 Cathleen Moore-Linn 35 Guam GUM 176.0 229.0