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Sailing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Windsurfer

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Agios Kosmas Olympic Sailing Centre, Athina
Date Started: August 15, 2004
Date Finished: August 25, 2004
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best ten of eleven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: FRA Faustine Merret
Silver: CHN Yin Jian
Bronze: ITA Alessandra Sensini
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Summary

This was the third consecutive, and final, Olympics in which the windsurfers used the Mistral board. Defending champion Alessandra Sensini of Italy was the favorite, having recently won the 2004 World Championships, but she had a struggle against French sailor Faustine Merret and China’s Yin Jian. Sensini entered the final race in the lead, but only by two points ahead of Merret and five ahead of Yin. When Sensini finished seventh in the final race, she dropped back to a bronze medal, as Merret won the gold with a second-place finish in the 11th race, which was won by Yin, who moved up to the silver medal.

The top five places were remarkably taken by five sailors who had, or would win, the gold medal in this event at some time. Merret won in 2004, Sensini in 2000, and Yin would come back in 2008 and win the gold. Fourth-place went to Hong Kong China’s [Lee Lai-Shan] (aka San-San), the 1996 gold medalist, and fifth was New Zealander Barbara Kendall, the 1992 Olympic champion.

Sensini’s bronze medal was her third consecutive in the class, after gold in 2000 and bronze in 1996. At Qingdao in 2008, she would win a silver medal behind Yin Jian, giving her four Olympic sailing medals, the most ever won by a woman at the Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Faustine Merret 26 France FRA Gold 31.0 44.0
2 Yin Jian 25 China CHN Silver 33.0 44.0
3 Alessandra Sensini 34 Italy ITA Bronze 34.0 41.0
4 Lee Lai Shan 33 Hong Kong HKG 42.0 69.0
5 Barbara Kendall 36 New Zealand NZL 58.0 85.0
6 Jessica Crisp 34 Australia AUS 74.0 87.0
7 Amelie Lux 27 Germany GER 87.0 105.0
8 Blanca Manchón 17 Spain ESP 95.0 110.0
9 Natasha Sturges 29 Great Britain GBR 103.0 119.0
10 Olha Maslivets 26 Ukraine UKR 103.0 130.0
11 Jannicke Stålstrøm 34 Norway NOR 107.0 134.0
12 Zofia Noceti-Klepacka 18 Poland POL 113.0 133.0
13 Lee Korzits 20 Israel ISR 117.0 134.0
14 Anja Käser 24 Switzerland SUI 121.0 148.0
15 Antonia-Athina Frai 28 Greece GRE 123.0 150.0
16 Carrie Butler-Beashel 34 United States USA 126.0 145.0
17 Masako Imai 37 Japan JPN 135.0 153.0
18 Sigrid Rondelez 33 Belgium BEL 148.0 169.0
19 Irina Konstantinova 28 Bulgaria BUL 152.0 174.0
20 Vita Matīse 31 Latvia LAT 193.0 216.0
21 Giavriella Khatzidamianou 18 Cyprus CYP 195.0 222.0
22 Catalina Walther 21 Argentina ARG 208.0 235.0
23 Rosa Irene Campos 18 Mexico MEX 220.0 245.0
24 Lívia Győrbiró 29 Hungary HUN 227.0 252.0
25 Carol Borges-Mendelblatt 25 Brazil BRA 229.0 254.0
26 Karla Barrera 20 Puerto Rico PUR 250.0 276.0