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Two Person Keelboat (Star), Open

Date22 – 29 July 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationWassaw Sound, Savannah, Georgia
Participants50 from 25 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best eight of ten scores to count for final placement. 11 scheduled races, but only 10 were held.

Eleven races were scheduled but wind conditions caused one to be cancelled, so only 10 were sailed. Going into the final race the Brazilian, Swedish, and Australian boats all had a chance to win the gold medal. Australia had led after eight races, but then finished ninth and had a premature start disqualification in the final race to drop back to the bronze medal. Brazil, skippered by Torben Grael, had the lead after nine races. In the final race, Swedish skipper Hans Wallén got the win, but Grael brought his boat across the line in third place to preserve the gold medal. Australian skipper Colin Beashel was sailing in his fourth of six Olympics. He and David Giles stayed together as a crew for four Olympics, 1992-2004, but the 1996 bronze was their only medal.

Medals were easier to come by for Torben Grael. This was his first Olympic gold medal, but he had won silver in 1984 Soling, and bronze in Star in 1988. He would compete through the 2004 Olympics, repeating as Star gold medalist that year, after winning a bronze in 2000. His 2004 gold made him the first sailor to win five Olympic medals, although this mark was later equalled by Britain’s Ben Ainslie and his countryman, Robert Scheidt. Grael’s brother, Lars, also won two Olympic bronze medals, including in 1996 in the Tornado class, but they never raced together at the Olympics.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCNet PointsTP
1BrazilBRA25.041.0Gold
Torben GraelMarcelo Ferreira
2SwedenSWE29.045.0Silver
Hans WallénBobby Lohse
3AustraliaAUS32.069.0Bronze
Colin BeashelDavid Giles
4GreeceGRE45.075.0
Tasos BountourisDimitrios Boukis
5New ZealandNZL46.074.0
Rod DavisDon Cowie
6ItalyITA52.093.0
Enrico ChieffiRoberto Sinibaldi
7SpainESP57.098.0
José Luis DoresteJavier Hermida
8United StatesUSA58.0101.0
Mark ReynoldsHal Haenel
9DenmarkDEN64.089.0
Michael HestbækMartin Hejlsberg
10GermanyGER66.098.0
Frank ButzmannKai Falkenthal
11Great BritainGBR68.0101.0
Glyn CharlesGeorge Skuodas
12IrelandIRL75.0123.0
Mark MansfieldDavid Burrows
13BermudaBER81.0120.0
Peter BrombyLee White
14CanadaCAN82.0134.0
Ross MacDonaldEric Jespersen
15AustriaAUT89.0128.0
Hubert RaudaschlAndreas Hanakamp
16GeorgiaGEO112.0159.0
Guram BiganishviliVladimer Gruzdevi
17Russian FederationRUS121.0168.0
Viktor SolovyovAnatoly Mikhaylin
18HungaryHUN128.0169.0
Csaba HaranghyAndrás Komm
19The BahamasBAH128.0172.0
Mark HoloweskoMyles Pritchard
20FinlandFIN129.0174.0
Richard GrönblomVille Kurki
21PortugalPOR129.0170.0
Diogo CayollaMiguel Costa
22ArgentinaARG146.0191.0
Guillermo Calegari, Jr.Mauro Maiola
23BelarusBLR162.0206.0
Sergey KhoretskyVladimir Zuyev
24American SamoaASA177.0228.0
Robert LowranceFua Logo Tavui
25Cayman IslandsCAY187.0237.0
Donald McLeanCarson Ebanks