New Zealand win 49er Gold, Australia silver, Germany bronze

For Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL), the Medal Race was a victory lap, the Kiwis having won the 49er Men's gold medal with two races to spare after dominating the 20-boat fleet at Rio 2016 over the past week. The unstoppable Kiwis dominated today's Medal Race just as they have dominated the 49er fleet for the past four years, the four-time World Champions undefeated since taking the Olympic silver medal in London 2012.

Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER) began the day in silver medal position, but started the race very badly after a near capsize just 20 seconds before the start. This put the Germans on the back foot and opened the door for Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) to seize the advantage. The 2012 Olympic Champions did enough to stay ahead of their rivals and won silver for Australia, Germany taking bronze.

By Andy Rice - World Sailing
Editors' notes:
RIO 2016 OLYMPIC SAILING COMPETITION

The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition will take place at the Marina da Glória, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will feature 380 athletes from 66 nations competing across ten events. Racing is scheduled to take place from 8-18 August 2016 and the competition format for all events is fleet racing.

RESULTS / ENTRIES
A full list of sailors racing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is available to view here - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/qualification/sailors.php#.V6ZHvo6BLqM. Results will be available on World Sailing's Olympic Website when racing starts on Monday 8 August here - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/results/index.php#.V6ZH_Y6BLqM

LIVE TRACKING
The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking. Live tracking will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/multimedia/live_tracking.php

Live Tracking via the Sailviewer-3D Tablet App will be available for devices with 7" or greater screens.

Click here to download the iOS Application - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sailviewer-3d/id912801278
Click here to download the Android Application - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stsportservice.sailviewer

COMPETITION STATUS
The Competition Status Screen feeds in straight from the Race Committee boats with the teams inputting data such as race times, course type, the status of each race and the plan moving forward. The competition status screen will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/multimedia/live_tracking.php

LIVE BLOGGING
Sailing journalist Craig Leweck will be following the racing LIVE on World Sailing's Olympic Blog throughout Rio 2016. Follow LIVE here - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/multimedia/live_blog.php#.V6dUbY6BLqM

PHOTOGRAPHY
High resolution imagery free for editorial usage will be provided throughout Rio 2016 by Sailing Energy. Imagery will be available to download via - http://worldsailing.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/RIO-2016-OLYMPIC-GAMES/C0000LUebIfXkjB0 The password to download is WSimages

PRESS RELEASES
World Sailing will be releasing international press releases after racing throughout the duration of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. All the latest news and reports will be available to read here - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/news/index.php

TELEVISION
To find out who your Olympic broadcaster is, click here - https://www.olympic.org/rio-2016/broadcasters. The following link - http://go.olympic.org/WS - will redirect you to the Rights Holding Broadcaster in your country.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow the event on World Sailing's social networks:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ISAFWorldSailing
Instagram - https://instagram.com/isafworldsailing/
Twitter - @worldsailing
Snapchat - Follow our Story on Snapchat, search for worldsailing

USEFUL LINKS
World Sailing Olympic Website - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/home.php
Competition Schedule - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/about/schedule.php
Latest Olympic Sailing news - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/news/index.php
Online Notice Board - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/results/notices/notices.php
Social Wall - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/multimedia/social_wall.php#.V6ZteY6BLqM

CONTACT
World Sailing Media Department
Email: marketing@sailing.org

Name: Darryl Seibel
Position: Chief Press Officer

Name: Malcolm Page
Position: Head of Media
Mob: +44 (0)7771 530 854

Name: Daniel Smith
Position: Communications Manager
Mob: +44 (0)7771 542 131

Name: Neus Jordi
Position: Press Officer

About World Sailing
World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing.

World Sailing is made up of 141 Member National Authorities (MNAs), who are its principal members, and responsible for the decision making process that governs the sailing world.

There are currently more than 100 World Sailing classes, ranging from the small dinghy classes for young people up to 60 foot ocean racers.

For more information about World Sailing please go to sailing.org or contact marketing@sailing.org


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