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Two Person Dinghy (470), Men

Date10 – 18 August 2016
LocationMarina da Glória, Glória, Rio de Janeiro
Participants52 from 26 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best 9 of 10 scores to count for final placement, and advancement to the medal race.. Medal race points count double.

The pre-Olympic favorites were the Croatian crew of Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić. After reasonable showings at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, placing 9th and 6th respectively, they came to Rio as the reigning 2016 world champions. They had been among the top 470 crews since 2009, when they won their first title, and over the following years added two silver and three bronze medals at the World Championships, as well as three gold and two bronze medals at the Europeans. In the preliminaries, Croatia was a class of its own. With two race wins and never placing worse than 6th (8th in the excluded score) they totaled only 27 points before the medal race. Also performing well were the boats from Australia and Greece. Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis went into the medal race with 38 points, two points ahead of Australia’s Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan. Australia had won the last two gold medals in the 470 class, with Belcher attempting to retain the 2012 gold he won with 2008 gold medalist Malcolm Page, who retired after the last Olympics. All other teams, including the 2008 and 2012 silver medalist Great Britain, were out of contention for a medal.

The men’s and women’s 470 finals had to be postponed by one day due to extremely low wind. In the medal race, the three leading crews disregarded all other boats just trying to control each other. Croatia won easily with an 8th place and won the country’s first ever sailing gold medal. Australia’s 9th place in a tight battle was just good enough to snatch silver from the Greeks with 58 points each but won thanks to their higher finish in the medal race.

PosBoatNOCPointsRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Race 7Race 8Race 9Race 10Medal Race
1Šime Fantela / Igor MarenićCRO43124133486316Gold
2Mathew Belcher / Will RyanAUS588133281071718Silver
3Panagiotis Mantis / Pavlos KagialisGRE589315139522220Bronze
4Stu McNay / Dave HughesUSA71107813476111144
5Luke Patience / Chris GrubeGBR7521556127204346
6Anton Dahlberg / Fredrik BergströmSWE79228248271581110
7Sofian Bouvet / Jérémie MionFRA87661026614920228
8Matthias Schmid / Florian ReichstädterAUT873969162131417114
9Yannick Brauchli / Romuald HausserSUI9411419710108221582
10Paul Snow-Hansen / Dan WillcoxNZL1042102015235213101512
11Ferdinand Gerz / Oliver SzymanskiGER94131892314124646
12Jordi Xammar / Joan HerpESP974161410922716129
13Pavel Sozykin / Denis GribanovRUS11712177255211831618
14Deniz Çınar / Ateş ÇınarTUR120141918127151218215
15Joonas Lindgren / Niklas LindgrenFIN123201123182419310910
16Lucas Calabrese / Juan de la FuenteARG12917141111171215175[27]
17Kazuto Doi / Kimihiko ImamuraJPN1351521161615162212717
18Wang Wei / Xu ZangjunCHN14223121322191119151912
19Kim Chang-Ju / Kim Ji-HunKOR146525128201321232420
20Asenathi Jim / Roger HudsonRSA14818241514111811201823
21Eyal Levine / Dan FroylicheISR1527151721212016192216
22Jacob Saunders / Graeme SaundersCAN15926202219121417211321
23Henrique Haddad / Bruno BethlemBRA16719232517222791114[27]
24Andrés Ducasse / Francisco DucasseCHI1712422242018423252313
25Borys Shvets / Pavlo MatsuievUKR18416132124251725242519
26Matias Montinho / Paixão AfonsoANG22925262727262326262624