Burling and Tuke win Silver, London 2012
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke reinvigorated New Zealand’s proud Olympic sailing reputation with their silver medal win in the Men’s 49er class at London 2012. Their medal was the 100th Olympic medal of all time for New Zealand. It was also the first non-boardsailing medal for the New Zealand Sailing Team in twenty years.
Burling and Tuke sailed a very consistent race series in London and had the silver wrapped up before the final race. Their placings over the fortnight of racing in Weymouth saw the duo finish on 76 points.
Despite sitting well behind the gold medallist Australian crew of Outteridge and Jensen, no other team in the 20-strong field got near them. Of the final race Burling reported, “We had a good race today, we went out there with the aim to go out on a high and take the race out.”
Appropriately, Burling and Tuke received their medals from fellow New Zealander Barbara Kendall, a member of the IOC and a three-time Olympic windsurfing medallist.