Team Jolly & Meech/Maloney Claim Silver, Burling Tuke Receive Gold
New Zealand set an Olympic record today as the medals flooded in.
With gold to 49er sailors Blair Tuke and Peter Burling, silver to 470 sailors Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie and to 49er women Molly Meech and Alex Maloney, and bronzes to K1 500 paddler Lisa Carrington and shot putter Tom Walsh, it was one of the great days for New Zealand at the Olympics.
With more events to come, that lifts New Zealand’s medal tally in Rio to 15 – 4 gold, 8 silver and 3 bronze. New Zealand is placed inside the top 15 on the international medal table.
The total of 15 medals also exceeds the 13 won in Seoul in 1988 and in London in 2012.
The New Zealand sailors have had a great regatta.
Tuke and Burling were outstanding and had already won the gold medal before today’s medal race, but they won that too, just for good measure.
Powrie and Aleh, defending champions after their 2012 London triumph, didn’t have the best of luck in Rio, but still came away with a silver medal after a solid final race today. Meech and Maloney were involved in a thrilling medal race in which the lead swung back and forwards, with all the medals up for grabs. Eventually Brazil won the race and the gold, and the New Zealanders took the silver, but it was close.
The other crew in action today was the 470 men, Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox, who finished sixth in their medal race, and were 10th overall.