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Australia wins first Sailing Gold Medal

by Rob Kothe on 16 Aug 2008
Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Nathan Wilmot (l) and Malcolm Page (AUS) this afternoon Guy Nowell © http://www.guynowell.com
Australian sailors Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page guaranteed a Gold Medal for Australia in the 470 Mens Class this afternoon took an unbeatable 22 point lead going into the 470 Medal Race.

A third place and a tenth in races nine and ten, gave then a ten race series total of 42 points, while the Dutch Coster brothers have 64 point. In third place are the French pairing of Nic Charbonnier and Olivier Bausset on 64 points.

Dockside, most of the Australian team came down to support their 470 Men.

An Australian reporter asked 'How does it feel winning the first Gold Medal for Australia and beating the Brits?

'It does not get any better than that does it' laughed Malcolm Page

'We’ve had enormous support from everyone and some pretty amazing support too. During the week I bumped a call from Nicole Kidman, then 30 seconds later got an SMS wishing us the best. It made good conversation at breakfast.'

Nathan Wilmot explained 'There have been six boat we named after her movies, our favourite move is Dead Calm. – that is the boat we won the test event in, appropriate for the venue. But Australia is the name of this boat and that’s turned out to be the best boat name we’ve had.

The Australian pairing have been dieting for a decade, nNow they are on the eve of their retirement. What are you going to eat tonight, they were asked?- 'A lot, we don’t know what, just a lot..'

470 - Men - Overall Results
POS Country Skipper/Crew
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Net
1 AUS Nathan Wilmot 4 7 3 3 3 4 5 -16 3 10 58 42
Malcolm Page
2 NED Sven Coster 11 -15 12 2 8 15 2 8 4 2 79 64
Kalle Coster
3 FRA Nicolas Charbonnier 6 3 8 1 6 18 3 14 7 -20 86 66
Olivier Bausset
4 GBR Nick Rogers 19 5 1 4 9 6 20 -30 2 3 99 69
Joe Glanfield OCS
5 ESP Onan Barreiros 8 2 6 9 13 13 13 4 11 -18 97 79
Aaron Sarmiento
6 ITA Gabrio Zandona 10 4 7 7 2 21 19 6 -29 5 110 81
Andrea Trani
7 POR Alvaro Marinho 2 8 15 6 11 7 9 -30 10 14 112 82
Miguel Nunes OCS
8 CRO Sime Fantela 18 6 9 -30 12 17 6 7 15 1 121 91
Igor Marenic OCS
9 ARG Javier Conte 14 14 4 11 19 9 7 -30 5 9 122 92
Juan de la Fuente OCS
10 JPN Tetsuya Matsunaga 1 20 -24 13 10 14 1 9 21 4 117 93
Taro Ueno
11 NZL Carl Evans 7 10 14 12 -30 10 22 12 1 7 125 95
Peter Burling BFD
12 GRE Andreas Kosmatopoulos 5 26 11 8 5 5 18 3 20 -29 130 101
Andreas Papadopoulos
13 USA Stuart Mcnay 26 12 -30 17 15 1 4 1 6 23 135 105
Graham Biehl OCS
14 ISR Gideon Kliger 13 16 13 14 -30 11 15 2 12 12 138 108
Udi Gal BFD
15 SWE Anton Dahlberg 16 18 2 5 -30 20 17 13 14 6 141 111
Sebastian Ostling BFD
16 IRL Ger Owens 22 1 17 15 1 -25 21 15 13 24 154 129
Philip Lawton
17 BRA Fabio Silva 9 -30 10 18 4 30 16 10 24 13 164 134
Samuel Albrecht OCS OCS
18 SLO Karlo Hmeljak 3 11 19 10 18 -30 25 20 25 8 169 139
Mitja Nevecny OCS
19 POL Patryk Piasecki 20 9 20 23 17 16 8 -24 23 15 175 151
Kacper Zieminski
20 RUS Mikhail Sheremetyev -27 21 22 21 24 12 11 11 18 17 184 157
Maxim Sheremetyev
21 BLR Sergei Desukevich -29 27 16 26 16 2 12 17 16 27 188 159
Pavel Logunov
22 SIN Yuanzhen Xu 15 17 18 19 -30 8 10 19 27 26 189 159
Terence Koh BFD
23 SUI Tobias Etter 21 23 5 25 7 -30 27 26 9 19 192 162
Felix Steiger OCS
24 AUT Matthias Schmid 24 19 -25 24 14 24 24 5 19 11 189 164
Florian Reichstadter
25 KOR Cheul Yoon 17 24 21 -27 20 3 23 25 22 25 207 180
Hyeong Tae Kim
26 CHN Weidong Wang 12 -30 23 16 21 26 30 22 8 28 216 186
Daokun Deng DSQ OCS
27 FIN Niklas Lindgren 28 22 27 -30 25 19 14 23 17 21 226 196
Heikki Elomaa DSQ
28 TUR Deniz Cinar 23 13 26 22 22 23 26 21 -28 22 226 198
Ates Cinar
29 CAN Stephane Locas 25 25 -30 20 23 22 30 18 26 16 235 205
Oliver Bone OCS OCS
470 - Women - Overall Results
POS Country Skipper/Crew
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Net
1 AUS Elise Rechichi 2 2 4 1 -9 4 2 5 3 2 34 25
Tessa Parkinson
2 NED Marcelien De Koning 3 1 9 5 2 2 10 7 4 -16 59 43
Lobke Berkhout
3 BRA Fernanda Oliveira 11 -16 5 10 7 6 6 2 7 4 74 58
Isabel Swan
4 ISR Nike Kornecki 8 13 1 2 8 -19 3 1 11 15 81 62
Vered Buskila
5 AUT Sylvia Vogl 9 -20 13 7 1 7 1 13 6 11 88 68
Carolina Flatscher DSQ
6 CZE Lenka Smidova 6 4 -12 11 11 5 11 11 9 1 81 69
Lenka Mrzilkova
7 ITA Giulia Conti 14 7 6 3 6 11 4 -19 12 6 88 69
Giovanna Micol
8 ESP Natalia Via Dufresne 4 5 2 6 13 10 13 -17 2 17 89 72
Laia Tutzo
9 GBR Christina Bassadone -20 8 3 4 15 13 8 3 15 5 94 74
Saskia Clark DSQ
10 GER Stefanie Rothweiler 7 6 11 9 5 12 -20 8 8 12 98 78
Vivien Kussatz OCS
11 FRA Ingrid Petitjean 1 11 16 8 -17 9 9 9 13 9 102 85
Gwendolyn Lemaitre
12 USA Amanda Clark 12 12 10 14 4 -17 7 6 17 7 106 89
Sarah Mergenthaler
13 SLO Vesna Dekleva -20 3 8 16 12 3 15 18 14 3 112 92
Klara Maucec DSQ
14 JPN Ai Kondo 13 -15 14 15 14 1 12 10 1 13 108 93
Naoko Kamata
15 SWE Therese Torgersson 10 14 18 -20 19 8 5 14 5 8 121 101
Vendela Santen DSQ
16 ARG María Fernanda Sesto 16 -18 17 12 10 16 14 4 10 14 131 113
Consuelo Monsegur
17 SUI Emmanuelle Rol 15 9 7 13 3 15 -20 15 18 19 134 114
Anne Sophie Thilo OCS
18 CHN Yimei Wen 5 10 19 17 16 14 -20 12 16 10 139 119
Chunyan Yu OCS
19 SIN Liying Toh 17 17 15 18 18 18 -20 16 19 18 176 156
Deborah Ong OCS
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