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    Barry Magee
    Born 1934

    Though he never scaled the heights of his contemporaries Peter Snell and Murray Halberg, Barry Magee compiled a fabulous record as a runner.

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    Peter Snell
    Born 1938 

    Peter Snell stands at the top of New Zealand sport. In 2000 he was voted New Zealand Athlete of the Century. In 1990, at the inaugural New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame induction, he was given the privilege of being the first person honoured. 

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    There are many stories of New Zealanders who narrowly missed winning an Olympic medal. Perhaps none were unluckier than Christchurch shot put and discus expert Val Young, who could easily have won not one but three Olympic medals.

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    Peter Taylor was born in Lower Hutt in 1984. He attended Wellesley College and then Wellington College. He began rowing while in the third form at Wellington College, encouraged into the sport by a friend. Never particularly big, he was a cox at first, but by the time he was 15 he was rowing.

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    Peter Burling and Blair Tuke created a bit of New Zealand sports history when they won the silver medal in the 49er sailing at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The yachtsmen’s medal was the 100th won by New Zealanders at the Olympics, since the Harry Kerr won a walking bronze medal in 1908.

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    Storm Uru, born in Invercargill in 1985, has one of the most unforgettable names in New Zealand sport.

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    Blair Tuke, who was born in Kawakawa in 1989, helped create a bit of sports history when he and Peter Burling won the silver medal in the 49er sailing at the 2012 London Olympics. It was New Zealand’s 100th Olympic medal, stretching right back to Harry Herr, who won a walking bronze medal in 1908.

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    Murray Halberg
    Born 1933

    No-one ever exemplified the Olympic spirit of triumphing over adversity better then Murray Halberg. 

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    With Olympic silver and bronze medals plus a world title, Bevan Docherty has had a career any New Zealand athlete would be proud of. Yet the New Zealander, the country’s top triathlete for several years and one of the most respected competitors in the world, has strangely struggled for the recognition at home that his feats have warranted.

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    It is a curious feature of New Zealand how some families have become so associated with certain sports - the Hadlees in cricket, the Hurrings in swimming, and names like Clarke and Meads in rugby. When the talk turns to bowls, the name that immediately springs to mind is Skoglund.

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    Sam Bewley joined a select group of New Zealand Olympians in London in 2012 by winning medals at successive Olympics.
    Bewley teamed with Marc Ryan, Wesley Gough, Jesse Sergent and Aaron Gate to win the bronze medal in the men’s team pursuit, repeating the feat that Bewley, Ryan, Sergent and Hayden Roulston had achieved at Beijing in 2008.

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    Nikki Payne
    Born 1966
     
    Nikki Payne and Lynley Hannen paved the way for other more famous New Zealand women’s rowing duos, including Philippa Baker and Brenda Lawson, Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell, and Juliette Haigh and Nicky Coles.

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