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Sailing: How the medals are awarded

Updated: Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 20:38 | Comments

Annalise Murphy has collected the lowest number of points in her first four races, which conversely places her top of the Laser Radial rankings
Annalise Murphy has collected the lowest number of points in her first four races, which conversely places her top of the Laser Radial rankings

All the sailing events on the Olympic programme, apart from the women's Elliot 6m event, are fleet races, and follow the same competition format.

In fleet racing, each event has a series of races. Points are awarded in each race: first scores one point, second scores two points, etc.

After ten races (15 races in the Skiff event), points from the worst race are discarded. The remaining points are added together.

The ten best athletes/crews then advance to the medal race. Points are doubled, so first place gets two points, second gets four, etc. The points total after the medal race determines the placings.

The athlete/crew with the lowest number of points is the winner.

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Medal Table

Country Total
USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
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