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Sailing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's One Person Dinghy

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Qingdao International Sailing Centre, Qingdao
Date Started: August 12, 2008
Date Finished: August 19, 2008
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best 9 of 10 scores to count for final placement. Medal race points count double.

Gold: USA Anna Tunnicliffe
Silver: LTU Gintarė Volungevičiūtė-Scheidt
Bronze: CHN Xu Lijia
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Summary

The Laser Radial is a small, light dinghy usually raced by women. It replaced the Europe class that had been used for women's one-person dinghy events at the 1996-2004 Olympics. The Laser Radial was based on the Laser Standard class but is smaller and lighter. It was first designed in the early 1980s and World Championships were first held in the class in 1988. Scheduled for 11 races, only 10 were completed due to a lack of wind on 14 August.

American Anna Tunnicliffe had won the 2007 pre-Olympic regatta and defeated the 2005 World Champion, Paige Railey, at the US Trials to qualify for Qingdao. Tunnicliffe led going into the medal race but started early and had to circle back and re-start, which put her in ninth place, of 10 boats. But she moved up continually, eventually placing second in the medal race to claim the gold medal. Lithuanian Gintarė Volungevičiūtė won the medal race to secure the silver medal, which was the first ever Olympic sailing medal won by Lithuania. Two months after the Beijing Olympics, Volungevičiūtė married Brazilian superstar sailor Robert Scheidt.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Anna Tunnicliffe 25 United States USA Gold 37 52
2 Gintarė Volungevičiūtė-Scheidt 25 Lithuania LTU Silver 42 63
3 Xu Lijia 20 China CHN Bronze 50 74
4 Sarah Blanck 31 Australia AUS 62 81
5 Sarah Steyaert 21 France FRA 77 106
6 Nathalie Brugger 22 Switzerland SUI 90 112
7 Jo Aleh 22 New Zealand NZL 90 112
8 Evi Van Acker 22 Belgium BEL 91 109
9 Katarzyna Szotyńska 27 Poland POL 109 133
10 Penny Clark 33 Great Britain GBR 112 135
11 Mateja Petronijević 21 Croatia CRO 98 120
12 Cecilia Carranza 21 Argentina ARG 104 133
13 Tania Elías 29 Mexico MEX 107 136
14 Karin Söderström 23 Sweden SWE 107 136
15 Petra Niemann 29 Germany GER 109 138
16 Nufar Edelman 25 Israel ISR 111 136
17 Lisa Ross 31 Canada CAN 111 140
18 Efi Mantzaraki 29 Greece GRE 115 139
19 Larissa Nevierov 33 Italy ITA 124 148
20 Ciara Peelo 28 Ireland IRL 127 152
21 Susana Romero 17 Spain ESP 127 148
22 Tuula Tenkanen 17 Finland FIN 128 153
23 Tatyana Drozdovskaya 29 Belarus BLR 128 154
24 Florencia Cerutti 25 Paraguay PAR 142 170
25 Lo Man Yi 20 Singapore SIN 148 175
26 Paloma Schmidt 21 Peru PER 163 191
27 Anastasiya Chernova 26 Russia RUS 168 196
28 Cathrine Gjerpen 20 Norway NOR 202 230