| Event type

One Person Dinghy (Finn), Open

Date19 – 27 July 1976
LocationOlympic Yachting Centre, Portsmouth Harbour, Kingston, Ontario, CAN
Participants28 from 28 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Jochen Schümann would eventually compete in six Olympics and win four sailing medals for East Germany and Germany, but his gold medal in the Finn was his first Olympic appearance and medal. Going into the final race in 1976, Schümann and eventual gold medalist Andrey Balashov of the Soviet Union were tied, but Schümann finished third in the final race to Balashov’s fifth, finishing 40 seconds ahead of his rival to win the gold medal. Australian John Bertrand also had a chance to win gold on the final day, but placed sixth and took the bronze medal.

Bertrand later made sailing history in 1983 when he skippered Australia II to victory in the America’s Cup, breaking the United States’ stranglehold on that trophy, which had lasted since 1851. The 1972 gold medalist, Serge Maury of France placed 10th, while future IOC President Jacques Rogge of Belgium was back in 22nd place.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCNet PointsTP
1Jochen SchümannGDR35.453.4Gold
2Andrey BalashovURS39.767.7Silver
3John BertrandAUS46.474.4Bronze
4Cláudio BiekarckBRA54.779.7
5Kent CarlssonSWE66.495.4
6Tasos BountourisGRE77.0104.0
7David HowlettGBR77.7106.7
8Sandy RileyCAN83.0120.0
9Mauro PelaschierITA87.7107.7
10Serge MauryFRA88.0125.0
11Peter CommetteUSA95.7115.7
12José Luis DoresteESP98.7132.7
13Minski FabrisYUG103.0140.0
14Jørgen LindhardsenDEN106.0133.0
15Jonty FarmerNZL109.0134.0
16Ryszard BlaszkaPOL113.0144.0
17András HaánHUN113.7143.7
18Daniel MújicaMEX115.7142.7
19Richard GrönblomFIN131.0158.0
20Werner SülbergFRG133.0166.0
21Takaharu HirozawaJPN133.0164.0
22Jacques RoggeBEL138.0175.0
23Juan FirpoARG144.0173.0
24Tom SkjønbergNOR165.0199.0
25Michael RussellBAH165.0199.0
26Howard LeeBER175.0212.0
27Art AndrewISV183.0215.0
28Mario AlmarioPHI199.0233.0