Jenny Armstrong

Jennifer Armstrong was born in New Zealand. She competed for that country in the Europe class at Barcelona 1992, where she finished fourth. In 1997, now living in Australia, Armstrong linked up with fellow Western Australian Belinda Stowell in the 470s and they came under the tutelage of the noted Ukrainian coach Victor Kovalenko, who had recently come to Australia.

Armstrong and Stowell first competed at the 470 world championship in 1998, where they finished twenty-eighth. A ninth placing in 1999 and a second in 2000 put them as medal hopes at Sydney 2000. On Sydney Harbour, in The Ugly Duckling, they won the gold medal, from the American and Ukraine crews, and became the first Australian women to win a sailing medal at the Olympic Games.

On the same day in Sydney, Tom King and Mark Turnbull won the gold medal in the men’s 470s. Twenty-eight years earlier, at Munich 1972, John Cuneo, John Shaw and Tom Anderson won the Dragon class and David Forbes and John Anderson won the Star class on the same day. At Beijing 2008, Malcolm Page and Nathan Wilmot and Tessa Parkinson and Elise Rechichi won gold medals in men’s and women’s 470s respectively, on the same day.

Armstrong and Stowell pressed on to Athens 2004 in the hope of winning back-to-back Olympic titles, but they finished fourteenth. Soon after Athens, Armstrong retired from international sailing.

Olympic Results

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

470 - Women
Race 1 14 pts; 14th 14 pts 14th
Race 2 26 pts; 12th 12 pts 12th
Race 3 32 pts; 11th 6 pts 6th
Race 4 46 pts; 14th 14 pts 14th
Race 5 57 pts; 15th 11 pts 11th
Race 6 68 pts; 15th 11 pts 11th
Race 7 78 pts; 15th 10 pts 10th
Race 8 86 pts; 14th 8 pts 8th
Race 9 99 pts; 15th 13 pts 13th
Race 10 108 pts; 13th 9 pts 9th
Final Race TP: 127 pts; NP: 108 pts; 14th (19 pts) 19th
Final Placing 14 / 20

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

470 - Women
Race 1 1 pt; 1st 1 pt 1st
Race 2 12 pts; 5th (11 pts) 11th
Race 3 30 pts; 10th (18 pts) 18th
Race 4 35 pts; 7th 5 pts 5th
Race 5 43 pts; 8th 8 pts 8th
Race 6 50 pts; 6th 7 pts 7th
Race 7 51 pts; 3rd 1 pt 1st
Race 8 57 pts; 1st 6 pts 6th
Race 9 60 pts; 1st 3 pts 3rd
Race 10 61 pts; 1st 1 pt 1st
Race 11 TP: 62 pts; NP: 33 pts; 1st 1 pt 1st  
Final Placing 1 / 19