Kiwi sailors on winning NZ’s 100th medal
Thu, 09 Aug 2012 7:35a.m.
New Zealand has its 100th Olympic medal after 49er sailors Blair Tuke and Peter Burling took silver in London.
The pair was presented their medals by New Zealand boardsailing legend Barbara Kendall.
It was a special moment with the pair excited to make New Zealand sporting history.
“Yeah, special,” says Tuke.
“Really, really proud. Some amazing people have won medals for our country and to be the 100th people to do that… that’s pretty cool.”
The pair was guaranteed a silver medal going into the race with their closest rivals, the Danish crew, too far behind in points to pose a threat.
Firstline spoke to the sailors after their medal-winning race
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9/08/2012 2:27:22 p.m.
Factually wrong (please check the Official IOC site). New Zealand has 96 medals. In both the 1908 and 1912 Olympics both NZ and Australia, due to tiny populations and the distance/cost to get to the Olympics, competed as a single country – Australasia. The medals won have remained under that title. This also applies to other countries like East and West Germany whose medals have not moved to the ‘new’ Germany or the breaking up of Yugoslavia. New Zealand has 96 medals.
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