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Two Person Dinghy (470), Men

Date24 July – 1 August 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationWassaw Sound, Savannah, Georgia
Participants72 from 36 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best nine of eleven scores to count for final placement.

The British crew of John Merricks and Ian Walker had recently won the European 470 title and were slight favorites. They would win the silver medal but were no match for the Ukrainian crew of skipper Yevhen Braslavets and Ihor Matviyenko, who had two firsts, two seconds, and a third in the first seven races, and did not have to start the 11th race to win the gold medal. The pair raced together in 470 at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, finishing sixth and ninth, respectively.

In October 1997 Merricks and Walker were passengers in a minivan, which crashed when the driver lost control. Walker survived the crash but Merricks was killed. Walker continued sailing, joining with Mark Covell, and they won a silver medal in Star at the 2000 Olympics. Walker was also chosen that year to skipper Britain’s first America’s Cup challenged in 14 years, and in 2008 he was on the crew for an Italian challenger to the America’s Cup. Walker raced several times in the Volvo Ocean Races, setting the monohull record of 42 hours, 39 minutes in 2011. Like Walker, Covell lost his original partner in tragic circumstances. In December 1998, his helmsman, Glyn Charles, was swept overboard by a huge wave during a race in the Tasman Sea.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCNet PointsTP
1UkraineUKR40.093.0Gold
Yevhen BraslavetsIhor Matviyenko
2Great BritainGBR60.0124.0Silver
John MerricksIan Walker
3PortugalPOR62.094.0Bronze
Hugo RochaNuno Barreto
4FinlandFIN65.0121.0
Petri LeskinenMika Aarnikka
5Russian FederationRUS66.0111.0
Yevgeny BurmatnovDmitry Berezkin
6FranceFRA72.0123.0
Jean-François BerthetGwenaël Berthet
7ArgentinaARG73.0118.0
Martín BillochMartín Rodríguez
8United StatesUSA74.0148.0
Morgan ReeserKevin Burnham
9SpainESP76.0133.0
Jordi CalafatKiko Sánchez
10EstoniaEST95.0162.0
Tõnu TõnisteToomas Tõniste
11GreeceGRE97.0140.0
Andreas KosmatopoulosKostas Tringonis
12GermanyGER104.0170.0
Roland RenschTorsten Haverland
13CroatiaCRO116.0169.0
Ivan KuretMarko Mišura
14SloveniaSLO116.0178.0
Tomaž ČopiMitja Margon
15ItalyITA120.0194.0
Matteo IvaldiMichele Ivaldi
16PolandPOL125.0184.0
Marek ChocianZdzisław Staniul
17JapanJPN127.0192.0
Kenji NakamuraMasato Takaki
18SwedenSWE129.0203.0
Marcus WesterlindHenrik Wallin
19IsraelISR132.0198.0
Nir ShentalRan Shental
20CanadaCAN135.0201.0
Paul HannamBrian Storey
21HungaryHUN137.0204.0
Botond LitkeyZsolt Nyári
22New ZealandNZL139.0193.0
Rohan CookeAndrew Stone
23AustraliaAUS149.0213.0
Tom KingOwen McMahon
24NetherlandsNED164.0238.0
Ben KouwenhovenJan Kouwenhoven
25Chinese TaipeiTPE172.0235.0
Brady SihBryant Sih
26CubaCUB183.0257.0
Pedro FernándezÁngel Jiménez
27AndorraAND183.0249.0
David RamónOscar Ramón
28Republic of KoreaKOR200.0260.0
Kim Dae-YeongJeong Seong-An
29BrazilBRA200.0269.0
Rodrigo AmadoLeonardo Santos
30SwitzerlandSUI201.0260.0
Chris RastJean-Pierre Ziegert
31CyprusCYP211.0276.0
Nikolas EpifaniouPetros Elton
32SlovakiaSVK254.0324.0
Igor KarvašJaroslav Ferianec
33JamaicaJAM267.0335.0
Andrew GoodingJoseph Stockhausen
34TurkeyTUR267.0340.0
Şükrü SanusKerem Özkan
35SingaporeSGP272.0344.0
Siew Shaw HerCharles Lim
36Hong KongHKG276.0348.0
Chan Yuk WahAndrew Service