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Sailing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Two Person Dinghy

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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.

Gold: AUS Australia
Silver: NED Netherlands
Bronze: BRA Brazil

Summary

The Dutch team of Marcelien de Koning] and [Lobke Berkhout] had won the World Championships from 2005-07 and were heavily favored, especially so after the 2008 World Champions, Americans Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving, lost at the US Trials, and did not make the Olympic team. However, De Koning and Berkhout were soundly defeated by the Australian crew of [Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson, who won only one race, but had no finish worse than a fifth going into the medal race. The Australians placed only ninth (of 10) in the medal race, but they still won the gold medal quite easily, with the Dutch taking the silver. Oddly, of the six medalists, only Brazilian bronze medalist Fernanda Oliveira had ever before competed at the Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Australia AUS Gold 43 52
2 Netherlands NED Silver 53 69
3 Brazil BRA Bronze 60 76
4 Israel ISR 66 85
5 Italy ITA 75 94
6 Great Britain GBR 82 102
7 Czech Republic CZE 83 95
8 Austria AUT 84 104
9 Germany GER 90 110
10 Spain ESP 92 109
11 France FRA 85 102
12 United States USA 89 106
13 Slovenia SLO 92 112
14 Japan JPN 93 108
15 Sweden SWE 101 121
16 Argentina ARG 113 131
17 Switzerland SUI 114 134
18 China CHN 119 139
19 Singapore SIN 156 176