Gold Medals in Three sailing Classes
Ukrainian sailor Valentyn Mankin scored his first Olympic triumph at the 1968 Mexico City Games when he swamped his 35 opponents in the Finn class, finishing first or second in five of the seven races to win the gold medal. In 1972, Mankin switched classes and teamed with Vitaly Dyrdyra to win the Tempest class. In 1976 he added a silver with a new partner, Vladyslav Akimenko. By the time of the Moscow Games, Mankin was 41 years old. This time he joined with Aleksandrs Muzichenko and entered the Star class. The contest went down to the final race, but Mankin pulled off the victory. Valentyn Mankin remains the only sailor in Olympic history to win gold medals in three different classes.