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Burling, Tuke miss world sailing honour

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Peter Burling and Blair Tuke's dominance at the Rio Olympics isn't enough for the Kiwi 49er crew to win a second successive world sailor of the year award.</span> © Mick Anderson/SailingPix/Getty Images Peter Burling and Blair Tuke's dominance at the Rio Olympics isn't enough for the Kiwi 49er crew to win a second successive world sailor of the year award. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have missed out on becoming the first crew to win successive world sailor of the year honours.

The New Zealand 49er pair were among a shortlist of five for the men's prize at the World Sailing annual awards in Barcelona after clinching Olympic gold at Rio to cap a dominant year.

However, the 2015 winners were beaten to the gong by Argentina Nacra 17 mixed class Olympic champion Santiago Lange, who was diagnosed with cancer a year ago.

Burling and Tuke won twin world championship titles in the judging period and were dominant winners in Rio, defying unpredictable conditions to secure gold with two races to spare.

The women's sailors of the year were British 470 pair Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, who pushed Kiwis Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie into silver in Rio.

Aleh and Powrie are the only New Zealanders to have won the women's gong, in 2013.

The other Kiwi men's winners have come through ocean sailing deeds - Mike Sanderson in 2006 and Sir Peter Blake at the inaugural awards in 1994.

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