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Sailing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Mixed Multihull

Sailing at the 2008 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Qingdao International Sailing Centre, Qingdao
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 21, 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: ESP Spain
Silver: AUS Australia
Bronze: ARG Argentina

Summary

The Tornado class had been held since the 1976 Olympics, but after the 2008 Beijing Games, no multihull class was held at the 2012 London Olympics, but the Nacra 17 multihull class is scheduled to be held at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

From 1900-1980 all Olympic sailing (yachting) events had been mixed. From 1984-2008 some of the events were mixed, but in 2012 all events would be fully segregated by gender, although again, the Nacra 17 class at Rio de Janeiro in 2016 is to be a mixed event. The Tornado class in 2008 had 15 boats entered, with 30 sailors, with Belgium’s Carolijn Brouwer the only woman.

The two favorites were Spain, World Champions in 2005 and 2007, and Australia, World Champions in 2006 and 2008. Fernando Echavarri and Antón Paz had a narrow lead over Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby entering the medal race. The Spaniards finished fourth in the medal race, one spot ahead of the Aussies, to clinch the gold medal. In the medal race Australia fluffed their start and then broke a mast swivel which cost them dearly. The bronze medal went to the Argentine pair of Santiago Lange and Carlos Espínola, who had also won bronze at Athina in 2004.

Bundock had also won a silver medal in Tornado in 2000, with a different crew member. He also won six Tornado World Championships, winning in 1998, 2001-03, 2006, and 2008. The bronze medal for Espínola was his fourth Olympic medal, after winning silvers in windsurfing in 1996-2000.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Spain ESP Gold 44 57
2 Australia AUS Silver 49 58
3 Argentina ARG Bronze 56 69
4 Canada CAN 61 76
5 Netherlands NED 64 77
6 Great Britain GBR 68 82
7 Italy ITA 74 89
8 Germany GER 74 87
9 Austria AUT 82 96
10 Greece GRE 82 95
11 France FRA 69 85
12 Belgium BEL 72 88
13 Ukraine UKR 99 114
14 China CHN 102 118
15 United States USA 114 129