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    Carl Evans who pairs with Peter Burling are both 17 and will be the youngest sailors to ever represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games. New Zealand’s top 470 performers in all the recent major international events Evans and Burling have impressed since stepping up to the 470 barely twelve months ago after dominating the 420 class.

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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.

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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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    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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    Rod Dixon
    Born 1950 

    Rod Dixon was arguably the most versatile runner ever produced by New Zealand. 

    Among his accomplishments:
    * A bronze medal in the 1972 Olympic 1500m.
    * Two second placings in the world cross-country champs, nine years apart.

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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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    Murray Halberg
    Born 1933

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

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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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    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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    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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    John Walker
    Born 1952 

    John Walker, the third of New Zealand’s triumvirate of great milers, was very much a man of his times. Whereas his predecessors, Jack Lovelock and Peter Snell, were understated and tended to shy away from publicity, Walker was always comfortable in front of the television cameras.

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