Lisa Carrington, Blair Tuke & Peter Burling bring home gold for NZ
New Zealand has had more success in Rio overnight, bringing home 2 more gold medals.
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke
New Zealand sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have won gold in the men's 49er class with two races to spare. The London Silver medallists have dominated the regatta, winning three races and finishing no lower than seventh. Such is their dominance at the Rio regatta on Guanabara Bay, Burling and Tuke secured gold on Wednesday (NZT) after the 11th of 12 fleet races. They had built an insurmountable lead by that point and only extended it in the final race of the day to sit 34 points clear of second-placed Germans Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel.
Tunnel vision and crushing finishing power have carried Lisa Carrington to a historic canoe sprint gold medal in Rio. Defending champion Carrington maintained her five-year dominance in the K1 200m event, powering clear in the second half to leave her seven rivals in the final in her wake. In similar fashion to her victory at London four years ago, the 27-year-old trailed three opponents until about the halfway mark at Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. She remained composed, trusting her technique and power to get the job done.