Heading into the final Laser race at Savannah Ben Ainslie (GBR) trailed Robert Scheidt (BRA) by two points so a battle of wits was about to ensue on the race course.
The pair had fought each other throughout the week sharing five race wins out of ten heading into Race 11.
All Scheidt had to do was maintain a two point lead throughout the race and the gold would be his however Scheidt skilfully finessed an impatient 19-year old Ainslie into a premature start and in the third attempt, under Black Flag, Scheidt took both of them across early.
Scheidt could afford another discard to win the gold, Ainslie couldn't and had to make do with his silver. But fast forward to Sydney 2000, and the tables would turn.
Hubert Raudaschl Takes Appearance Record
Hubert Raudaschl (AUT) bowed out of Olympic Sailing at Atlanta 1996 after making his first appearance at Tokyo 1964.
The Austrians first taste of Olympic medal success was at Mexico City 1968 where he took the Finn silver. Twelve years later he picked up his second medal, and what was to be his last, with silver in the Star class with Karl Ferstl.
Alongside Canada's Equestrian competitor Ian Millar the pair currently hold the record for most Olympic Games competed in. However this is set to be broken by the Canadian who has been selected for the Canadian Olympic team.
Trapezoid Course Used For The First Time
In 1996 the trapezoid course was used for the first time at an Olympic Sailing Competition. The Laser, Europe, 470, Soling and Mistral were the first classes to use the course layout.
What They Said
"I thought I was going to sink, there was so much rain bucketing down," said Finn sailor Richard Clarke (CAN) after the first day of racing.
Star Gold medallist Torben Grael (BRA) said, "This is my third medal at the Olympics and it was a great relief to win the Stars after our poor performance in Barcelona."
"I sailed with a second hand mast that I bought from Frederik Look (SWE). I could not afford a new one so I decided to buy a second-hand one from a good guy," said Finn silver medallst Sebastien Godefroid (BEL).
The Olympic Games headed to Sydney, Australia for the 2000 Olympic Games with sailing taking place in the iconic Sydner Harbour with its iconic buildings and bridge. The British team topped the sailing medal table for the first time since the London 1908 Olympic Games.