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Sailing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women'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: CHN Yin Jian
Silver: ITA Alessandra Sensini
Bronze: GBR Bryony Shaw

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.

This event came down to the 2004 silver and bronze medalists, China’s Yin Jian and Italy’s Alessandra Sensini, who battled it out in the medal race. Sensini won the race, but when Yin came in third, she had the gold medal by a single point. This gave China its first ever Olympic sailing gold. Sensini had been favored, having won two of the three most recent World Championships. This was her fourth consecutive Olympic medal, having won gold in 2000 and bronzes in 1996 and 2004. Sensini also became the first woman to win four medals in Olympic sailing.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Yin Jian 29 China CHN Gold 39 52
2 Alessandra Sensini 38 Italy ITA Silver 40 68
3 Bryony Shaw 25 Great Britain GBR Bronze 45 73
4 Marina Alabau 22 Spain ESP 54 65
5 Jessica Crisp 38 Australia AUS 66 80
6 Barbara Kendall 40 New Zealand NZL 75 96
7 Zofia Noceti-Klepacka 22 Poland POL 82 99
8 Olha Maslivets 30 Ukraine UKR 83 97
9 Wai Kei Chan 27 Hong Kong HKG 93 107
10 Maayan Davidovich 20 Israel ISR 111 131
11 Faustine Merret 30 France FRA 100 128
12 Irina Konstantinova 32 Bulgaria BUL 101 119
13 Yasuko Kosuge 34 Japan JPN 102 120
14 Jannicke Stålstrøm 38 Norway NOR 107 135
15 Antonia-Athina Frai 32 Greece GRE 107 126
16 Tuuli Petäjä 24 Finland FIN 117 133
17 Nikola Girke 30 Canada CAN 125 153
18 Patricia Freitas 18 Brazil BRA 135 158
19 Bettina Honore 37 Denmark DEN 142 164
20 Napalai Tansai 26 Thailand THA 169 193
21 Giavriella Khatzidamianou 22 Cyprus CYP 182 207
22 Diána Detre 24 Hungary HUN 185 211
23 Demita Vega 25 Mexico MEX 190 216
24 Tatyana Bazyuk 23 Russia RUS 198 223
25 Florencia Gutiérrez 37 Argentina ARG 216 244
26 Nancy Rios 20 United States USA 224 252
27 Sedef Köktentürk 34 Turkey TUR 232 260