| Event type

One Person Dinghy (Finn), Open

Date20 – 27 September 1988
LocationBusan Yachting Center, Busan (Course Alpha)
Participants33 from 33 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

This Finn event came down to the last race. Spain’s José Luis Doreste finished only third in the race, but it was good enough for the gold medal when Peter Holmberg of the United States Virgin Islands finished only second. Doreste had been disqualified in the fourth race and was upset with his opponents, accusing them of trying to win “in the jury room” instead of on the water. In that race, Holmberg had gone over the starting line and the premature start dropped him to last-place points, eventually depriving him of the gold medal. Doreste’s brother, Luis Doreste, had won a gold medal in the 470 class at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Holmberg’s silver was the first Olympic medal won by the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In race five of the Finn class, Joseph Chan of Singapore, who was racing concurrently in the 470 class, went overboard and was being swept away by the currents, unable to resist much because of a back injury. He was rescued by Canada’s Finn entrant Lawrence Lemieux, who had been in second place when he saw Chan struggling in the water, but deviated from his course to rescue him. Lemieux eventually finished 11th in the class, but was awarded the points for a second place position in race five, his placement when he left for the rescue. For his actions, he was given the Pierre de Coubertin Award by the IOC.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCNet PointsTP
1José Luis DoresteESP38.178.1Gold
2Peter HolmbergISV40.480.4Silver
3John CutlerNZL45.061.0Bronze
4Stuart ChilderleyGBR50.770.7
5Lasse HjortnæsDEN51.091.0
6Thomas SchmidFRG72.1112.1
7Roy HeinerNED78.4118.4
8Oleg KhopyorskyURS81.0121.0
9Lauri RechardtFIN88.8128.8
10Brian LedbetterUSA91.0116.0
11Lawrence LemieuxCAN95.0122.0
12Chris PrattAUS99.0139.0
13Eric MergenthalerMEX108.0148.0
14Armanto OrtolanoGRE119.0159.0
15Hans SpitzauerAUT119.7159.7
16Mats CaapSWE122.0152.0
17Gonzalo CamperoARG123.0163.0
18Antal SzékelyHUN123.0149.0
19Jorge Zarif NetoBRA126.0151.0
20Henryk BlaszkaPOL127.0156.0
21Bill O'HaraIRL131.7171.7
22Paolo SemeraroITA132.7172.7
23Luc CholeyFRA144.0184.0
24Halit Haluk BabacanTUR145.0173.0
25Park Gil-CheolKOR154.0194.0
26Takayoshi TakasawaJPN174.0214.0
27Nick BryanHKG178.0211.0
28Shane AtwellBAR191.0231.0
29Colin Philp, Jr.FIJ194.0234.0
30Philippe BattagliaMON198.0238.0
31Eddy Sulistianto SupraptoINA202.0242.0
32Gary GriffinGUM203.0243.0
33Nestor SorianoPHI232.0272.0