Sailing at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Finn

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Men's Finn
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Finn dinghy.svg
Line drawing of the Finn
VenueWeymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
Dates29 July – 5 August
Competitors24 from 24 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ben Ainslie  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jonas Høgh-Christensen  Denmark
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jonathan Lobert  France
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The Men's Finn was a sailing event on the Sailing at the 2012 Summer Olympics program in Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.[1] Eleven races (last one a medal race) were scheduled and completed. 24 sailors, on 24 boats, from 24 nations competed. Ten boats qualified for the medal race on course area Nothe in front of Weymouth, where each position scored double points.

Summary[edit]

Ben Ainslie's gold postbox in Lymington

Ben Ainslie took his fifth consecutive sailing medal, and his fourth consecutive gold. However, there was a heavy battle with Jonas Høgh Christensen of Denmark that was only decided at the last mark of the medal race. Ainslie and Høgh Christensen finally had an equal amount of point but Ainslie had a higher score in one of the races.

Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma almost took the gold while Ainslie and Høgh Christensen were battling it out, but at the last buoy Postma hit the camera on the New Zealand boat and took a penalty lap, dropping him to 4th place.

Ainslie took over the position of Paul Elvstrøm as most successful Olympic sailor with one silver medal in 1996 (Laser) and fourth consecutive gold 2000 (Laser), 2004 (Finn), 2008 (Finn) and 2012 (Finn). Elvstrøm won the Firefly in 1948 and the Finn in 1952, 1956 and 1960.

Schedule[1][2][edit]

 ●  Practice race  ●  Race on Nothe  ●  Race on West  ●  Race on South  ●  Medal race on Nothe
Date July August
26
Thu
27
Fri
28
Sat
29
Sun
30
Mon
31
Tue
1
Wed
2
Thu
3
Fri
4
Sat
5
Sun
6
Mon
7
Tue
8
Wed
9
Thu
10
Fri
11
Sat
12
Sun
Men's Finn 1 1 2 2 Spare
day
2 2 Spare
day
MR

Course areas and course configurations [3][edit]

Course areas

For the Finn course areas Nothe, West, and South. The location (50° 36.18’ N 02° 25.98’ W) points to the center of the Nothe course area, the location (50° 37.18’ N 02° 23.55’ W) points to the center of the West course area and the location (50° 35.71’ N 02° 22.08’ W) points to the center of the South course area. The target time for the course was 60 minutes for the races and 30 minutes for the medal race. The race management could choose from many course configurations.

Results[edit]

Results of individual races
Pos Helmsman Country I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X MR Tot Pts
Gold medal icon.svg Ben Ainslie  Great Britain 2 2 6 12 4 3 1 3 6 1 18 58.0 46.0
Silver medal icon.svg Jonas Høgh-Christensen  Denmark 1 1 2 7 1 2 8 4 5 3 20 54.0 46.0
Bronze medal icon.svg Jonathan Lobert  France 9 4 4 2 6 7 5 10 3 7 2 59.0 49.0
4 Pieter-Jan Postma  Netherlands 5 10 3 4 20 13 2 2 1 2 10 72.0 52.0
5 Ivan Kljaković Gašpić  Croatia 3 3 7 9 5 6 3 7 4 10 8 65.0 55.0
6 Vasilij Žbogar  Slovenia 8 6 5 3 8 5 9 6 2 6 14 72.0 63.0
7 Dan Slater  New Zealand 7 11 1 6 17 11 6 15 8 14 4 100.0 83.0
8 Rafael Trujillo  Spain 12 12 12 23 7 4 15 1 13 4 6 109.0 86.0
9 Daniel Birgmark  Sweden 17 5 14 1 9 9 10 12 10 8 12 107.0 90.0
10 Tapio Nirkko  Finland 11 13 8 5 3 12 4 5 15 17 16 109.0 92.0
11 Deniss Karpak  Estonia 14 9 11 11 11 1 7 13 11 11   99.0 85.0
12 Zach Railey  United States 10 15 13 17 2 8 12 8 12 19   116.0 97.0
13 Brendan Casey  Australia DNF 25 7 DPI 16 14 10 17 19 9 9 5   131.0 106.0
14 Ioannis Mitakis  Greece 4 21 10 8 OCS 25 10 20 19 7 9   133.0 108.0
15 Greg Douglas  Canada 16 24 16 13 12 18 13 17 20 12   160.0 137.0
16 Piotr Kula  Poland DSQ 25 16 17 16 13 20 OCS 25 11 14 16   173.0 148.0
17 Eduard Skornyakov  Russia 13 8 22 15 19 22 16 16 22 22   175.0 153.0
18 Alican Kaynar  Turkey 18 14 18 18 DNE 25 14 11 22 16 20   176.0 154.0
19 Oleksiy Borysov  Ukraine RDG 21 RDG 18.6 19 19 15 19 23 14 17 18   183.6 160.6
20 Jorge Zarif  Brazil 15 20 15 20 16 24 14 21 19 21   185.0 161.0
21 Michal Maier  Czech Republic 19 18 21 10 18 23 18 20 23 15   185.0 162.0
22 Filippo Baldassari  Italy 20 23 24 21 14 21 17 18 18 13   188.0 164.0
23 Florian Raudaschl  Austria 6 19 23 24 OCS 25 15 21 24 24 23   204.0 179.0
24 Gong Lei  China OCS 25 17 20 22 OCS 25 16 22 23 21 24   215.0 190.0

Scoring system: low-point system; Source: [4]
Legend:      – Qualified for medal race(s); DNE – Non excludable disqualification; DNF – Did not finish; DSQ – Disqualified; OCSOn the course side of the starting line; – Discarded race not counted in the overall result;

Daily standings[edit]

Graph showing the daily standings in the Men's Finn during the 2012 Summer Olympics

Further reading[edit]

  • "Digital Library Collection (Official Olympic Reports 1896 - 2008)". Digital Library Collection at la84.org. la84foundation. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  • "London 2012". Olympic.org. International Olympic Committee.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Notice of Race" (PDF). Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  2. ^ "London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Sailing Instructions" (PDF). Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  3. ^ "London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Provisional course assignment" (PDF). 25 July 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Men's One Person Heavyweight Dinghy". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2 April 2014.