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Sailing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Windsurfer

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Qingdao International Sailing Centre, Qingdao
Date Started: August 11, 2008
Date Finished: August 20, 2008
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best 10 of 11 scores to count for final placement. Medal race points count double.

Gold: NZL Tom Ashley
Silver: FRA Julien Bontemps
Bronze: ISR Shahar Zubari
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Summary

The Mistral class had been the windsurfing board chosen for the 1996-2004 Olympics, but it was replaced in 2008 by the Neil Pryde RS:X class for both men and women. The RS:X has a daggerboard and is somewhat heavier than the previous Olympic class windsurfing boards. Neil Pryde is the head of a Hong Kong-based sports manufacturing company, named eponymically as NeilPryde, Ltd.

Going into the medal race, France’s Julien Bontemps had a meager one-point lead over New Zealander Tom Ashley, who earlier in 2008 had won the World Championship in this class. In the medal race, Bontemps dropped his sail early on and had to scramble just to move up to fourth, but that was one spot behind Ashley, and moved Ashley up to the gold medal. Israeli Shahar Zubari was second in the medal race, won by Hong Kong China’s King Yin Chan, putting Zubari on the podium with a bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Tom Ashley 24 New Zealand NZL Gold 52 84
2 Julien Bontemps 29 France FRA Silver 53 66
3 Shahar Zubari 21 Israel ISR Bronze 58 77
4 Nick Dempsey 27 Great Britain GBR 60 77
5 Bimba 28 Brazil BRA 77 110
6 King Yin Chan 25 Hong Kong HKG 84 117
7 Wang Aichen 23 China CHN 95 117
8 Nikos Kaklamanakis 39 Greece GRE 97 112
9 Iván Pastor 28 Spain ESP 109 127
10 Makoto Tomizawa 24 Japan JPN 116 152
11 João Rodrigues 36 Portugal POR 101 120
12 Maksym Oberemko 30 Ukraine UKR 103 139
13 Andreas Kariolou 25 Cyprus CYP 111 130
14 Richard Stauffacher 25 Switzerland SUI 111 133
15 Casper Bouman 22 Netherlands NED 112 139
16 Przemysław Miarczyński 28 Poland POL 116 143
17 David Mier 29 Mexico MEX 129 158
18 Lee Tae-Hun 22 South Korea KOR 133 158
19 Áron Gádorfalvi 30 Hungary HUN 136 162
20 Fabian Heidegger 20 Italy ITA 138 162
21 Mariano Reutemann 31 Argentina ARG 168 193
22 Ertuğrul İçingir 32 Turkey TUR 172 208
23 Zac Plavsic 25 Canada CAN 181 211
24 Jonas Kældsø Poulsen 23 Denmark DEN 201 236
25 Ek Boonsawad 19 Thailand THA 203 236
26 Ben Barger 27 United States USA 217 249
27 Oka Sulaksana 37 Indonesia INA 225 261
28 Nikolay Zhukovets 21 Belarus BLR 229 261
29 Carlos Julio Flores 27 Venezuela VEN 232 267
30 Patrik Pollák 35 Slovakia SVK 243 274
31 Chang Hao 17 Chinese Taipei TPE 260 296
32 Luka Mratović 21 Croatia CRO 265 299
33 Johannes Ahun 20 Estonia EST 273 307
34 Aleksey Tokarev 35 Russia RUS 279 314
35 Santiago Grillo 21 Colombia COL 293 329