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Tokyo2020: Seven named sailors in Olympic team

by NZ Olympic Committee 4 Mar 11:39 NZDT 4 March 2020
Olympic rings - 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta, Weymouth © Richard Gladwell

New Zealand is underway with building a team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with seven sailors selected today.

The athletes were named to the New Zealand Team at a function at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Auckland this morning.

The sailing team has significant Olympic Games experience and includes Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who led the New Zealand Team into the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and went on to win gold in the 49er.

Rio 2016 49erFX silver medallists Alex Maloney and Molly Meech have also been named, as well as Rio 2016 Laser bronze medallist Sam Meech.

Nacra 17 sailors Micah Wilkinson and Erica Dawson are the only Olympic newcomers in the initial sailing selection announcement, with further crews to be considered for selection to the New Zealand Team following a series of upcoming World Championships.

Sail-World apologises for not being able to provide proper coverage of the announcement this morning. However despite having attended and covered three Olympic sailing regattas and accredited for a fourth at Tokyo, we were either not invited or excluded from this mornings announcement to which other media were invited. We refuse to be treated in this way and expected to just republish a lengthy media release.

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