Ben Austin

After winning the Youth World Championships in 2000, chronic back pain stopped Ben Austin from sailing. It took Austin, a trained physiotherapist, two years to overcome the injury and in 2005 he combined with Nathan Outteridge in the 49er class. The pair won the 2008 49er World Championships before making their Olympic debut in Beijing in 2008. Austin and Outteridge finished fifth.

 

Olympic Results

2008 Beijing

49er - Open
Race 01 20 pts; 19th (20 pts) DSQ
Race 02 21 pts; 8th 1 pt 1st
Race 03 28 pts; 7th 7 pts 7th
Race 04 31 pts; 3rd 3 pts 3rd
Race 05 32 pts; 2nd 1 pt 1st
Race 06 33 pts; 1st 1 pt 1st
Race 07 39 pts; 1st 6 pts 6th
Race 08 43 pts; 2nd 4 pts 4th
Race 09 49 pts; 1st 6 pts 6th
Race 10 61 pts; 2nd 12 pts 12th
Race 11 63 pts; 2nd 2 pts 2nd
Race 12 81 pts; 3rd 18 pts 18th
Medal Race TP: 93 pts; NP: 73 pts; 5th 12 pts 6th
Final Placing 5 / 19