| Event type

One Person Dinghy (Laser), Open

Date20 – 29 September 2000
LocationRushcutters Bay Marina, Rose Bay, New South Wales
Participants43 from 43 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best nine of eleven scores to count for final placement.

In 1996 Brazilian Robert Scheidt had won this event, defeating the British silver medalist, Ben Ainslie. This ignited a rivalry between them with Scheidt defeating Ainslie at the 1997 and 2000 World Championships and Ainslie defeating Scheidt in 1999. In Sydney Scheidt led Ainslie by seven points going into the final race. The only way Ainslie could win was for Scheidt to finish 22nd or higher. Ainslie resolved to win by harassing Scheidt. At the start he forced him into a penalty turn. After the start, Ainslie continually blocked Scheidt’s wind and prevented him from passing. Scheidt eventually made an incorrect turn and hit Ainslie’s boat, allowing Scheidt to get ahead but he could only finish 22nd and the gold medal went to Ainslie. Well, it did, after Scheidt’s two protests against Ainslie were turned down, and, eventually, Scheidt was disqualified for hitting Ainslie. Ainslie’s tactics were tough, but legal.

The two would continue to compete against one another. At the 2012 Olympics, both won their fifth Olympic medals, equalling the record of Brazilian Torben Grael. This was also the first of four consecutive gold medals for Ainslie, who would soon switch to the Finn for the next three gold medals, equalling the Olympic best of Dane Paul Elvstrøm. After Ainslie switched to Finn, Scheidt won the 2004 Laser gold medal, and then switched to the Star class.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCNet PointsTP
1Ben AinslieGBR42.0100.0Gold
2Robert ScheidtBRA44.0110.0Silver
3Michael BlackburnAUS60.0100.0Bronze
4Serge KatsNED72.0132.0
5Andreas GeritzerAUT78.0160.0
6Gustavo LimaPOR83.0161.0
7Maciej GrabowskiPOL86.0150.0
8Diego NegriITA91.0129.0
9Gareth BlanckenbergRSA92.0148.0
10Peer MobergNOR94.0150.0
11Luis MartínezESP97.0164.0
12John MyrdalUSA100.0183.0
13Peder RønholtDEN103.0159.0
14Karl SunesonSWE107.0195.0
15Antonios BougiourisGRE111.0165.0
16Philippe BergmansBEL116.0171.0
17Roope SuomalainenFIN127.0196.0
18Tamás EszesHUN127.0197.0
19Vasilij ŽbogarSLO142.0219.0
20Vladimir KrutskikhRUS143.0203.0
21Peter FoxNZL144.0212.0
22Kevin LimMAS145.0206.0
23Diego RomeroARG162.0217.0
24Marty EssigCAN176.0255.0
25Giedrius GužysLTU177.0242.0
26Kim Ho-GonKOR181.0252.0
27Kunio SuzukiJPN202.0276.0
28Allan JulieSEY203.0285.0
29Peter ŠaraškinEST210.0286.0
30Adolfo CarrauURU230.0298.0
31Veerasit PuangnakTHA238.0317.0
32Aliaksandr MumyhaBLR243.0317.0
33Luis Alberto OlcesePER253.0335.0
34Ali Kemal TüfekçiTUR254.0331.0
35José UrbayCUB259.0340.0
36Cor van AanholtAHO260.0345.0
37Mario AquilinaMLT272.0353.0
38Stanley TanSGP275.0352.0
39Karl JamesANT281.0357.0
40Aimilios OikonomidisCYP305.0385.0
41Brett ChiversGUM335.0423.0
42Hafsteinn Ægir GeirssonISL355.0443.0
43Mate ArapovCRO396.0484.0