Golden Scots: Michael McIntyre wins 'Gold! Gold! Gold!'
A nail-bitingly close finish on Seoul's Han river brought Helensburgh's Michael McIntyre a gold medal.
McIntyre (at the rear, above) and his partner, Philip Bryn Vaile, were competing in the 'mixed two person keelboat' or Star event.
In a contrast to today's intensive preparations, both Vaile and McIntyre were still working full-time and sailing together only at weekends.
They attributed their success to the intense focus they brought to each session of the two-day event at Seoul's Misari regatta course.
Before his introduction to sailing, McIntyre had been a keen swimmer and was a Scottish Schools champion at 12.
With his family living in Helensburgh, McIntyre was ideally situated to explore a new-found interest in yachting and sailing. He quickly discovered an aptitude for the sport.
Four years later at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, McIntyre was to compensate for finishing outwith the medal positions in 1984.
- First appearance of table tennis as an Olympic sport.
- After 64 years, the return of tennis to the calendar, with Steffi Graf winning gold.
- Ben Johnson of Canada set an Olympic record in 100m, only to then test positive for steroids.
- Carl Lewis (USA) is awarded the race, meaning Lewis had defended his 1984 Olympic title.
- Cyclist and speed skater Christa Luding-Rothenburger of Germany won winter and summer medals in each sport in the same year.
September 1988 found McIntyre and Vaile sailing at Busan, close to Seoul. The location of the Olympic regatta was to prove key to their gold medal success.
Busan was chosen as an area of reportedly light winds. However, Olympic history records the Seoul Games as one of the windiest ever, with one day of racing having to be posponed entirely due to too much wind.
Sailing was clearly affected, with huge swells, damage to equipment and near loss of life.
The Britons won and, with the American team forced to retire with a broken mast, the gold medals were claimed by McIntyre and Vaile.
Stuart Alexander Sports journalist
“Gold! Gold! Gold!”
"It was only when the sailing journalist Stuart Alexander started shouting at us " GOLD! GOLD! GOLD! " from the press boat we knew we'd done it", McIntyre said.
During the Star event, a sudden increase in wind speed threw the two-man Singapore crew overboard. They were injured and could not right their boat.
Canada's Laurence Lemieux, competing in the Finn category, abandoned his second place to rescue and ensure the safe transfer of both sailors.
He later received the Pierre de Coubertin Medal for his sportsmanship.
Mike McIntyre now lives in the south of England, but retains his links with Scotland as honorary president of Helensburgh Sailing Club. His daughter, Gemma, is also a keen sailor.
Another Scot to win gold in Seoul in 1988 was the men's field hockey reserve goalkeeper, Veryan Pappin.
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