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The Laser was a sailing event on the Sailing at the 2008 Summer Olympics program in Qingdao International Sailing Centre.[2] Eleven races (last one a medal race) were scheduled. Only ten races were completed including the medal race due to lack of wind. 43 sailors, on 43 boats, from 43 nations competed.[3] Ten boats qualified for the medal race.[4]

Men's Laser[1]
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Laser dinghy.svg
Line drawing of the Laser
VenueQingdao International Sailing Centre
DatesFirst race: August 12, 2008 (2008-08-12)
Last race: August 19, 2008 (2008-08-19)
Competitors43 from 43 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Paul Goodison  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Vasilij Žbogar  Slovenia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Diego Romero  Italy
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Contents

Race schedule[1][5]Edit

 ●  Practice race  ●  Race on Yellow  ●  Race on Green  ●  Medal race on Yellow
Date August
7
Thu
8
Fri
9
Sat
10
Sun
11
Mon
12
Tue
13
Wed
14
Thu
15
Fri
16
Sat
17
Sun
18
Mon
19
Tue
20
Wed
21
Thu
22
Fri
23
Sat
24
Sun
Men's Laser 2 1 No
wind
1 1 1 3

Course areas and course configurations [6]Edit

For the Laser course areas A (Yellow) and C (Green) were used. The location (36°1'26"’N, 120°26'52"E) points to the center of the 0.6nm radius Yellow course area and the location (36°2'44"N, 120°28'9"E) points to the center of the 0.75nm radius Green course area. The target time for the course was about 60 minutes for the races and 30 minutes for the medal race. The race management could choose from several course configurations.

Outer coursesEdit

  • O1: START – 1 – 2 – 3s/3p – 2 – 3p – FINISH
  • O2: START – 1 – 2 – 3s/3p – 2 – 3s/3p – 2 – 3p – FINISH
  • O3: START – 1 – 2 – 3s/3p – 2 – 3s/3p – 2 – 3s/3p – 2 – 3p – FINISH

Inner coursesEdit

  • I1: START – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 2 – 3p – FINISH
  • I2: START – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 2 – 3p – FINISH
  • I3: START – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 2 – 3p – FINISH

Windward-Leeward coursesEdit

  • W2: START – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – FINISH
  • W3: START – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – FINISH
  • W4: START – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – FINISH

Weather conditionsEdit

In the lead up to the Olympics many questioned the choice of Qingdao as a venue with very little predicted wind. During the races the wind was pretty light and quite unpredictable. Due to lack of wind (< 1.6 knots) one racing day had to be cancelled and the medal race needed to be postponed to the next day.[7]

Final results[8][9]Edit

Rank Country Helmsman Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Medalrace Total Total

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Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts.
    Great Britain Paul Goodison 15 15.0 2 2.0 15 15.0 1 1.0 9 9.0 7 7.0 1 1.0 4 4.0 6 6.0 9 18.0 78.0 63.0
    Slovenia Vasilij Žbogar 24 24.0 4 4.0 14 14.0 6 6.0 2 2.0 11 11.0 18 18.0 1 1.0 11 11.0 2 4.0 95.0 71.0
    Italy Diego Romero 6 6.0 3 3.0 5 5.0 36 36.0 10 10.0 15 15.0 11 11.0 9 9.0 10 10.0 3 6.0 111.0 75.0
4   Portugal Gustavo Lima 5 5.0 8 8.0 3 3.0 27 27.0 17 17.0 6 6.0 16 16.0 8 8.0 3 3.0 5 10.0 103.0 76.0
5   New Zealand Andrew Murdoch 2 2.0 5 5.0 40 40.0 20 20.0 24 24.0 5 5.0 5 5.0 17 17.0 1 1.0 1 2.0 121.0 81.0
6   Sweden Rasmus Myrgren 7 7.0 16 16.0 8 8.0 2 2.0 8 8.0 13 13.0 22 22.0 7 7.0 2 2.0 10 20.0 105.0 83.0
7   Argentina Julio Alsogaray 1 1.0 12 12.0 10 10.0 28 28.0 14 14.0 1 1.0 2 2.0 31 31.0 16 16.0 4 8.0 123.0 92.0
8   France Jean Baptiste Bernaz 19 19.0 1 1.0 12 12.0 9 9.0 6 6.0 10 10.0 30 30.0 5 5.0 34 34.0 6 12.0 138.0 104.0
9   Canada Mike Leigh 13 13.0 23 23.0 26 26.0 5 5.0 4 4.0 3 3.0 28 28.0 2 2.0 19 19.0 7 14.0 137.0 109.0
10   Norway Kristian Ruth 10 10.0 11 11.0 17 17.0 10 10.0 3 3.0 8 8.0 13 13.0 21 21.0 38 38.0 8 16.0 147.0 109.0
11   Russia Igor Lisovenko 11 11.0 14 14.0 4 4.0 8 8.0 7 7.0 26 26.0 37 37.0 19 19.0 7 7.0 - - 133.0 96.0
12   Croatia Luka Radelić 26 26.0 15 15.0 7 7.0 21 21.0 1 1.0 21 21.0 3 3.0 16 16.0 17 17.0 - - 127.0 101.0
13   Cyprus Pavlos Kontides 8 8.0 7 7.0 24 24.0 14 14.0 5 5.0 12 12.0 14 14.0 29 29.0 35 35.0 - - 148.0 113.0
14   Spain Javier Hernández 17 17.0 25 25.0 11 11.0 3 3.0 28 28.0 BFD 44.0 19 19.0 13 13.0 5 5.0 - - 165.0 121.0
15   Greece Evangelos Cheimonas 22 22.0 21 21.0 9 9.0 11 11.0 DSQ 44.0 BFD 44.0 9 9.0 6 6.0 8 8.0 - - 174.0 130.0
16   Poland Maciej Grabowski 9 9.0 19 19.0 22 22.0 18 18.0 16 16.0 23 23.0 32 32.0 20 20.0 4 4.0 - - 163.0 131.0
17   Uruguay Alejandro Foglia 12 12.0 27 27.0 33 33.0 7 7.0 36 36.0 4 4.0 6 6.0 26 26.0 18 18.0 - - 169.0 133.0
18   Turkey Kemal Muslubaş 4 4.0 42 42.0 27 27.0 19 19.0 15 15.0 27 27.0 7 7.0 15 15.0 32 32.0 - - 188.0 146.0
19   Austria Andreas Geritzer 28 28.0 6 6.0 2 2.0 30 30.0 20 20.0 BFD 44.0 DNC 44.0 18 18.0 9 9.0 - - 201.0 157.0
20   China Shen Sheng 40 40.0 35 35.0 6 6.0 4 4.0 37 37.0 14 14.0 10 10.0 28 28.0 25 25.0 - - 199.0 159.0
21   Virgin Islands Thomas Barrows 20 20.0 28 28.0 20 20.0 24 24.0 26 26.0 31 31.0 15 15.0 10 10.0 21 21.0 - - 195.0 164.0
22   Australia Tom Slingsby 21 21.0 22 22.0 21 21.0 22 22.0 35 35.0 20 20.0 12 12.0 11 11.0 40 40.0 - - 204.0 164.0
23   Denmark Anders Nyholm 18 18.0 26 26.0 19 19.0 15 15.0 19 19.0 BFD 44.0 27 27.0 27 27.0 13 13.0 - - 208.0 164.0
24   Estonia Deniss Karpak 16 16.0 20 20.0 41 41.0 37 37.0 38 38.0 2 2.0 DNC 4.0 35 35.0 14 14.0 - - 207.0 166.0
25   United States Andrew Campbell 14 14.0 18 18.0 1 1.0 26 26.0 32 32.0 BFD 44.0 8 8.0 DSQ 44.0 31 31.0 - - 218.0 174.0
26   Chile Matías del Solar 3 3.0 34 34.0 30 30.0 25 25.0 21 21.0 9 9.0 25 25.0 23 23.0 DNE 44.0 - - 214.0 180.0
27   Brazil Bruno Fontes 31 31.0 17 17.0 31 31.0 12 12.0 12 12.0 24 24.0 35 35.0 22 22.0 39 39.0 - - 223.0 184.0
28   South Korea Ha Jee-min 23 23.0 33 33.0 37 37.0 31 31.0 13 13.0 17 17.0 17 17.0 34 34.0 22 22.0 - - 227.0 190.0
29   Hungary Zsombor Berecz 27 27.0 31 31.0 36 36.0 23 23.0 18 18.0 22 22.0 24 24.0 14 14.0 37 37.0 - - 232.0 195.0
30   Finland Pierre Collura 25 25.0 10 10.0 18 18.0 41 41.0 23 23.0 25 25.0 20 20.0 33 33.0 DNE 44.0 - - 239.0 198.0
31   Czech Republic Martin Trčka 29 29.0 36 36.0 38 38.0 13 13.0 29 29.0 19 19.0 26 26.0 DNF 44.0 12 12.0 - - 246.0 202.0
32   Seychelles Allan Julie 33 33.0 37 37.0 13 13.0 33 33.0 27 27.0 16 16.0 21 21.0 30 30.0 30 30.0 - - 240.0 203.0
33   Guatemala Juan Ignacio Maegli DSQ 44.0 9 9.0 39 39.0 16 16.0 BFD 44.0 32 32.0 39 39.0 12 12.0 15 15.0 - - 250.0 206.0
34   Netherlands Rutger van Schaardenburg 32 32.0 29 29.0 34 34.0 32 32.0 25 25.0 18 18.0 38 38.0 25 25.0 20 20.0 - - 253.0 215.0
35   Japan Yoichi Iijima 36 36.0 32 32.0 16 16.0 17 17.0 31 31.0 BFD 44.0 31 31.0 DNF 44.0 28 28.0 - - 279.0 235.0
36   Singapore Koh Seng Leong 35 35.0 41 41.0 29 29.0 39 39.0 BFD 44.0 33 33.0 23 23.0 3 3.0 36 36.0 - - 283.0 239.0
37   Switzerland Christoph Bottoni 34 34.0 13 13.0 32 32.0 40 40.0 39 39.0 BFD 44.0 36 36.0 24 24.0 23 23.0 - - 285.0 241.0
38   Malaysia Kevin Lim BFD 44.0 24 24.0 28 28.0 42 42.0 22 22.0 34 34.0 34 34.0 39 39.0 26 26.0 - - 293.0 249.0
39   Venezuela José Ruíz 39 39.0 40 40.0 23 23.0 29 29.0 40 40.0 29 29.0 33 33.0 32 32.0 24 24.0 - - 289.0 249.0
40   Dominican Republic Raúl Aguayo 37 37.0 30 30.0 35 35.0 38 38.0 34 34.0 28 28.0 29 29.0 36 36.0 29 29.0 - - 296.0 258.0
41   Luxembourg Marc Schmit 30 30.0 39 39.0 25 25.0 35 35.0 30 30.0 35 35.0 41 41.0 40 40.0 33 33.0 - - 308.0 267.0
42   United Arab Emirates Adil Mohammad 38 38.0 38 38.0 42 42.0 43 43.0 11 11.0 36 36.0 42 42.0 38 38.0 27 27.0 - - 315.0 272.0
43   Barbados Gregory Douglas 41 41.0 43 43.0 43 43.0 34 34.0 33 33.0 30 30.0 40 40.0 37 37.0 41 41.0 - - 342.0 299.0

Legend:      – Qualified for next phase; BFD – Black flag disqualification; DNC – Did not come to the starting area; DNF – Did not finish;
Discard is crossed out and does not count for the overall result.


Daily standingsEdit

 
Graph showing the daily standings in the Laser during the 2008 Summer Olympics

NotesEdit

Other informationEdit

Further readingEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Official Report of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games • Volume II Ceremonies and Competitions: Celebration of the Games (PDF). Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  2. ^ Official Report of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games • Volume I Bid Documents and Analysis: Passion behind the Bid (PDF). Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  3. ^ The 2008 Olympic scoring system was used.
  4. ^ For the medal race the top ten boats qualified. Each position scored double points. All medal races were sailed on course area Yellow in front of the Qingdao International Sailing Centre.
  5. ^ Official Report of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games • Volume III Preparation for the Games: New Beijing Great Olympics (PDF). Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  6. ^ "The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Sailing Competition: Sailing Instructions" (PDF). International Sailing Federation. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Qingdao Report - Luke Van Der Kamp" (PDF). Team GBR. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  8. ^ Official Results book Part 3 (Sailing) (PDF). Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Sailing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Men's One Person Dinghy". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 25 March 2014.