Tokyo Olympics: Kiwi sailors put friendship aside in bid for Games

Kiwi sailors Josh Junior and Andy Maloney have gone head to head many times before, but never like this.

The current Team New Zealand teammates are all too aware there's just one spot left in the Olympic sailing team ahead of next year's Tokyo Games, for which they'll both be competing. 

But don't expect any hint of ill will or awkwardness from these two, as they both aim to secure the lone spot in the Finn Class.

"Josh was one of my groomsmen at my wedding, so we're really good mates," Maloney tells Newshub.

"Ultimately, I want to go to the Games and Josh wants to go to the Games."

And their recent success hasn't made selection any easier. 

Maloney's performances over the past two years have boosted him to third in the world rankings, while just last month, Junior was named Sailor of the Year.

"It's incredibly special to win the awards," adds Junior. "Recognition of the work we've put in over the past two or three years."

The pair are putting their success down to one another. 

"That's what we pride ourselves on, working so closely together," says Junior. 

"That's the key to our success and the foundation of our campaign towards the Olympics."

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