Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Qingdao International Sailing Centre, Qingdao
Date Started: August 11, 2008
Date Finished: August 18, 2008
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best 10 of 11 scores to count for final placement. Medal race points count double.
Australians [Nathan Wilmot] and [Malcolm Page] had won the World Championship in 2004-05 and 2007 and were favored. The British team of Nic Asher and Elliot Willis was World Champions in 2006 and 2008, but were bypassed for the Olympics in favor of [Nick Rogers] and [Joe Glanfield], who had won the silver medal in this class at Athina in 2004. The Australians did not win any preliminary race, but were very consistent, with eight finishes between third and fifth in the first 10 races, and entered the medal race needing only to finish to win gold. They capped their Olympic experience with a convincing win in the medal race to win gold, as Rogers and Glanfield repeated as silver medalists. Page would repeat as the gold medalist in this class in 2012, but that time with [Mathew Belcher] at the helm.