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Sailing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's One Person Dinghy

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Agios Kosmas Olympic Sailing Centre, Athina
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 21, 2004
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best ten of eleven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: GBR Ben Ainslie
Silver: ESP Rafael Trujillo
Bronze: POL Mateusz Kusznierewicz

Summary

The favorite was Britain’s [Ben Ainslie], who had switched to the Finn class from the Laser, which he had won at the 2000 Olympics. He came to Athina having won the last three World Championships. He started slowly, however, finishing ninth in the first race and was disqualified in race two after a protest by France’s [Guillaume Florent]. Ainslie then went on a tear, winning four of the next eight races, and finishing no worse than fourth in any of them to take a big lead going into the final race, where he raced conservatively and finished 14th, but won the gold medal comfortably over his training partner, Spain’s [Rafael Trujillo]. Bronze went to the 1996 gold medalist in Finn, Poland’s [Mateusz Kusznierewicz].

This was Ainslie’s third Olympic medal, after winning silver and gold in Laser in 1996 and 2000, respectively, but it was also the first of three consecutive golds he would win in the Finn class. After the 2012 Olympics, Ainslie had four straight sailing gold medals and five Olympic medals, an Olympic best equalled by Brazilians [Robert Scheidt] and [Torben Grael].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Ben Ainslie 27 Great Britain GBR Gold 38.0 64.0
2 Rafael Trujillo 28 Spain ESP Silver 51.0 77.0
3 Mateusz Kusznierewicz 29 Poland POL Bronze 53.0 79.0
4 Karlo Kuret 34 Croatia CRO 61.0 79.0
5 Aimilios Papathanasiou 31 Greece GRE 72.4 94.4
6 Anthony Nossiter 31 Australia AUS 93.0 118.0
7 Sébastien Godefroid 33 Belgium BEL 96.0 120.0
8 Guillaume Florent 30 France FRA 96.0 115.0
9 Jonas Høgh Christensen 23 Denmark DEN 105.0 131.0
10 João Signorini 27 Brazil BRA 113.0 134.0
11 Kevin Hall 34 United States USA 115.0 132.0
12 David Burrows 27 Ireland IRL 116.0 142.0
13 Dean Barker 31 New Zealand NZL 117.0 143.0
14 Daniel Birgmark 31 Sweden SWE 118.0 139.0
15 Michal Maier 40 Czech Republic CZE 120.0 140.0
16 Ali Enver Adakan 27 Turkey TUR 124.0 148.0
17 Michael Fellmann 34 Germany GER 127.0 152.0
18 Richard Clarke 35 Canada CAN 134.0 160.0
19 Jaap Zielhuis 38 Netherlands NED 136.0 158.0
20 Gašper Vinčec 23 Slovenia SLO 151.0 177.0
21 Vladimir Krutskikh 31 Russia RUS 173.0 196.0
22 Alejandro Colla 33 Argentina ARG 174.0 199.0
23 Balázs Hajdú 29 Hungary HUN 183.0 207.0
24 Michele Marchesini 36 Italy ITA 201.0 226.0
25 Imre Taveter 37 Estonia EST 221.0 246.0