Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Marina da GlÃ³ria, GlÃ³ria, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 9, 2016
Date Finished: August 16, 2016
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best 9 of 10 scores to count for final placement, and advancement to the medal race.. Medal race points count double.
Of the 2016 sailing events, the Finn has been on the Olympic program since 1952, longer than any other class. Since 2000 it had been always won by a British sailor, including three consecutive gold medals by [Ben Ainslie]. In 2016 Britain was represented by [Giles Scott] who was the strong favorite after three straight World Championships in this class and four in total. Ainslie and Scott are also sailing together on the 2017 Americaâs Cup team. Scott had a bad start with a 17th place in the first race, which was later to be his discarded score. In the following races, he had three first, two second and two third places. His best day was the 10th of August with races 3 and 4, which he finished second and first in very strong breezes and huge seas on an ocean course. Scott secured his gold medal after finishing the preliminary races with a total 32 points, and going into the medal race he led the second placed Slovenian [Vasilij Å½bogar] by an unassailable 24 points. Å½bogar held on to his silver medal position with a sixth place, defending a comfortable lead against Croatiaâs [Ivan KljakoviÄ-GaÅ¡piÄ], Americaâs [Caleb Paine] and Swedenâs [Max Salminen]. The closest race was for the bronze medal, which was won by Paine. It was the only sailing medal for the US in Rio, and their first since 2008 after missing out completely in 2012. KljakoviÄ-GaÅ¡piÄ lost his third place after a disappointing last place in the medal race.
|Rank||Athlete||Age||Team||NOC||Medal||PTS||Last Race Placement||1st Place Finishes||2nd Place Finishes||3rd Place Finishes|
|1||Giles Scott||29||Great Britain||GBR||Gold||36||4|
|3||Caleb Paine||25||United States||USA||Bronze||76||2|
|7||Josh Junior||26||New Zealand||NZL||92||8|
|16||Jonas HÃ¸gh Christensen||35||Denmark||DEN||109||20||0||1||0|