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American duo sails to gold in men's 470 class

Updated: August 22, 2004, 11:04 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- American sailor Kevin Burnham politely waved to race officials at the finish line, let out a whoop and did a back flip into the deep-blue Saronic Gulf.

It was a gold-medal splashdown, one he'd been waiting a long time to do.

Burnham, of Miami Beach, and his skipper, Paul Foerster of Rockwall, Texas, outwitted and outmaneuvered their British rivals in a classic match race Saturday in the 470 class to win their first Olympic gold after years of trying.

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