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Sailing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Two Person Dinghy

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 10, 2016
Date Finished: August 18, 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.

Gold: CRO Croatia
Silver: AUS Australia
Bronze: GRE Greece

Summary

The pre-Olympic favorites were the Croatian crew of [Šime Fantela] and [Igor Marenić]. After reasonable showings at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, placing 9th and 6th respectively, they came to Rio as the reigning 2016 world champions. They had been among the top 470 crews since 2009, when they won their first title, and over the following years added two silver and three bronze medals at the World Championships, as well as three gold and two bronze medals at the Europeans. In the preliminaries, Croatia was a class of its own. With two race wins and never placing worse than 6th (8th in the excluded score) they totaled only 27 points before the medal race. Also performing well were the boats from Australia and Greece. [Panagiotis Mantis] and [Pavlos Kagialis] went into the medal race with 38 points, two points ahead of Australia’s [Mathew Belcher] and [Will Ryan]. Australia had won the last two gold medals in the 470 class, with Belcher attempting to retain the 2012 gold he won with 2008 gold medalist [Malcolm Page], who retired after the last Olympics. All other teams, including the 2008 and 2012 silver medalist Great Britain, were out of contention for a medal.

The men’s and women’s 470 finals had to be postponed by one day due to extremely low wind. In the medal race, the three leading crews disregarded all other boats just trying to control each other. Croatia won easily with an 8th place and won the country’s first ever sailing gold medal. Australia’s 9th place in a tight battle was just good enough to snatch silver from the Greeks with 58 points each but won thanks to their higher finish in the medal race.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal PTS 1st Place Finishes 2nd Place Finishes 3rd Place Finishes Last Race Placement
1 Croatia CRO Gold 43 16
2 Australia AUS Silver 58 18
3 Greece GRE Bronze 58 20
4 United States USA 71 4
5 Great Britain GBR 75 6
6 Sweden SWE 79 10
7 France FRA 87 8
8 Austria AUT 87 14
9 Switzerland SUI 94 2
10 New Zealand NZL 104 12
11 Germany GER 94 1 0 0 6
12 Spain ESP 97 0 0 0 9
13 Russia RUS 117 0 0 1 18
14 Turkey TUR 120 0 0 0 5
15 Finland FIN 123 0 0 1 10
16 Argentina ARG 129 0 0 0 27
17 Japan JPN 135 0 0 0 17
18 China CHN 142 0 0 0 12
19 South Korea KOR 146 0 0 0 20
20 South Africa RSA 148 0 0 0 23
21 Israel ISR 152 0 0 0 16
22 Canada CAN 159 0 0 0 21
23 Brazil BRA 167 0 0 0 27
24 Chile CHI 171 0 0 0 13
25 Ukraine UKR 184 0 0 0 19
26 Angola ANG 229 0 0 0 24