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As Moscow was unable to host the sailing competition an Olympic Yachting Centre was built in Tallinn the capital of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, over 1000km away from Moscow.
The building itself was a prime example of Soviet architecture highlighting the history, culture, ethnicity and diversity of its people. Still in use today the centre is fit to host 750 vessels with the Estonian Yachting Union based around the venue.
Spain Strike Gold For First Time
The first Spanish sailors competed at the 1924 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium, but they had a long wait for an Olympic sailing gold medal. But it finally came, as Alejandro Abascal and Miguel Noguer stormed to the gold medal after three out of seven race wins.
Looking back, Abascal said, "For Miguel and I the Olympics was the pinnacle and our dream so we were very happy with our results and the gold medal. Gaining that gold medal was the beginning so perhaps we showed the way for the others.
"We were very consistent throughout the competition and after winning three races we didn't need to sail in the final race."
View an interview with Alejandro Abascal on ISAF TV here as he reflects on the 1980 Olympics and looks forward to the Spanish quest for medals at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.
Despite a Soviet boycott of the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games the biggest Olympic sailing competition was held with 62 nations competing. Sailing gained a seventh medal and windsurfing was introduced.