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New Zealand’s gold medal haul twice as nice

New Zealand’s gold medal haul twice as nice – Media release

19 September 2016

New Zealand came out on top of the per capita medals tables for the Rio Paralympics, Statistics NZ said today.

For gold medals alone, New Zealand’s team won the equivalent of almost two medals per million population (1.99). That was almost twice the rate for second-placed Latvia, on 1.01 gold medals per million.

New Zealand’s per capita gold medal haul was more than twice that of Australia, on 0.92 gold medals per million, Statistics NZ said.

At the final count, New Zealand won nine gold, five silver, and seven bronze medals.

Picking up a total of 21 medals, the NZ Paralympics team beat its target of 18 medals, set before the games began.

The 21 medals is the equivalent of 4.64 medals per million population, placing New Zealand ahead of the Netherlands in second place (3.66 medals per million) and Australia in third place (3.38).

New Zealand’s top place on the per capita tables repeated the performance achieved at the London Games four years ago.

In the traditional overall medal rankings at Rio, New Zealand was 13th in the world.

The final medals were:

• bronze in women's road cycling, with Emma Foy and Laura Thompson picking up their second medal of the Games

• bronze for 16-year old William Stedman in men’s 800m athletics T36, after an earlier bronze in the men's 400m T36.

See Rio 2016 Paralympic Games: Medals per capita


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