Peter Burling is one half of one of the most successful sailing duos in recent history and, together with Blair Tuke, will be looking to defend the gold medal they won in the 49er class at the Rio Olympic Games.

Pete and Blair won in Rio by a mammoth 43 points, the biggest winning margin in any Olympic regatta in the modern era but it didn't come as a surprise considering they were virtually unbeatable in the four years leading into those Games. That gold came on the back of the silver they won in the 49er at the London 2012 Olympic Games, New Zealand's 100th Olympic medal.

The pair took a break after Rio to help Emirates Team New Zealand win the 2017 America's Cup and then compete in the Volvo Ocean Race. They jumped back in the 49er towards the end of 2018 and have since added two more world 49er championship titles to the four they had already collected (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016), as well as gold at last year's Olympic test event.

Pete and Blair, who are coached by Hamish Willcox, last year set up an environmental charity, Live Ocean, to help position New Zealand as world leaders in ocean health. The pair are keen divers and surfers and are rarely seen far away from the ocean.


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Peter's Games History

  • Olympic Summer Games Rio 2016

    • Sailing (49er - Men)
      49er Men's Skiff Medal Race (Burling/Tuke) 35pts
      49er Men's Skiff Race 12 (Burling/Tuke) 4pts Q
      49er Men's Skiff Race 11 (Burling/Tuke) 5pts
      49er Men's Skiff Race 10 (Burling/Tuke) 3pts
      49er Men's Skiff Race 09 (Burling/Tuke) 1pt
      49er Men's Skiff Race 08 (Burling/Tuke) 3pts
      49er Men's Skiff Race 07 (Burling/Tuke) 2pts
      49er Men's Skiff Race 06 (Burling/Tuke) 6pts
      49er Men's Skiff Race 05 (Burling/Tuke) 8pts
      49er Men's Skiff Race 04 (Burling/Tuke) 2pts
      49er Men's Skiff Race 03 (Burling/Tuke) 5pts
      49er Men's Skiff Race 02 (Burling/Tuke) 1pts
      49er Men's Skiff Race 01 (Burling/Tuke) 1pt
      1
  • Olympic Summer Games London 2012

    • Sailing (49er - Men)
      Medal Race 4
      Race 15 6
      Race 14 6
      Race 13 15
      Race 12 2
      Race 11 1
      Race 10 2
      Race 09 7
      Race 04 7
      Race 03 1
      Race 02 7
      Race 01 9
      Race 08 11
      Race 07 9
      Race 06 5
      Race 05 3
      2
  • Olympic Summer Games Beijing 2008

    • Sailing (470 - Men)
      Race 10 7th
      Race 09 1st
      Race 08 12th
      Race 07 22nd
      Race 06 10th
      Race 05 DQ
      Race 04 12th
      Race 03 14th
      Race 02 10th
      Race 01 7th
      Placed 11 of 29
  • Australian Youth Olympic Festival Sydney Youth Festival 2007

    • Sailing (Team Racing - Mixed)
      Final won 3 races from 4
      Semifinals won 11 races from 17
      Round 2 won 10 races from 14
      Round 1 won 6 races from 8
      3