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19 Aug 2008
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IOC News , Beijing 2008

Medals blowing in the wind


Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page from Australia won the 2004, 2005 and 2007 World Championships in the 470 sailing class, but until Monday had never won Olympic gold.The Australian pair yesterday enjoyed a 22-point margin entering the must-sail medal race. Only a disqualification could keep them from the gold. They stayed clean and retired from 470 sailing with the only trophy that had eluded them.
 
Most Olympic medals
Of all Olympic sports, sailing has yielded over the years some of the most extraordinary achievements. Austria’s Hubert Raudaschl was the first athlete to compete in nine Olympic Games, while Denmark's Paul Elvstrøm is one of only three Olympians to win the same individual event four times in a row (1948-1960). Elvstrøm was idolised by Torben Grael, a Brazilian of Danish descent introduced to sailing by his grandfather on a six-metre boat used by the Danish team in 1912. With two gold, one silver and two bronze, Grael became the sailor with the highest number of Olympic medals.
 
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