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Sailing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Skiff

Sailing at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Marina da Glória, Glória, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 12, 2016
Date Finished: August 18, 2016
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best 11 of 12 scores to count for final placement, and advancement to the medal race.. Medal race points count double.

Gold: NZL New Zealand
Silver: AUS Australia
Bronze: GER Germany

Summary

After claiming silver in 2012, New Zealand’s [Peter Burling] and [Blair Tuke] became the top crew in the 49er class winning 27 consecutive regattas, including all four World Championships between the Games. With three race wins, and a lowest placing of sixth in the preliminaries, the Kiwis secured the gold medal before sailing the medal race. But unlike other classes, where the guaranteed winners tried not to take any chances, Burling and Tuke dominated the medal race with a perfect performance. With this final victory they increased their lead to an incredible 43-point margin. Burling was only 25 years old at the Rio Olympics, and both sailors are among Team New Zealand for the 2017 America’s Cup with Burling as skipper. They were named Sailors of the Year in 2015 and were nominated again in 2016.

Prior to the medal race, only two boats could win the other two medals: Germany with [Erik Heil] and [Thomas Plößel] on 67 points after the preliminaries, and the 2012 gold medalists [Nathan Outteridge] and [Iain Jensen] of Australia just three points behind. All other teams were out of reach. Australia finished fourth in the medal race while Germany could only finish eighth and the Australians took silver, while Germany’s bronze was their only sailing medal in Rio. Jensen and Outteridge, as Skipper, will also take part in the 2017 America's Cup, as part of Sweden’s team.

In 2015, Erik Heil contracted an infection, probably from the polluted water in Guanabara Bay, but after their bronze medal success both German sailors jumped into the water to celebrate, with Heil claiming that it: "Was much better this year".

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal PTS Last Race Placement 1st Place Finishes 2nd Place Finishes 3rd Place Finishes
1 New Zealand NZL Gold 35 2
2 Australia AUS Silver 78 8
3 Germany GER Bronze 83 16
4 Denmark DEN 98 6
5 France FRA 100 4
6 Great Britain GBR 100 20
7 Argentina ARG 111 14
8 Poland POL 118.3 10
9 Spain ESP 120 12
10 Ireland IRL 121 18
11 Brazil BRA 109 6 0 0 0
12 Austria AUT 116 16 0 0 2
13 Switzerland SUI 120 5 0 0 0
14 Italy ITA 120 19 0 0 0
15 Croatia CRO 122 10 1 0 0
16 Portugal POR 122 12 0 0 0
17 Belgium BEL 125 8 0 0 1
18 Japan JPN 132 20 0 1 1
19 United States USA 155 17 0 0 0
20 Chile CHI 171 15 0 0 0