Willis claims bronze


Nick Willis claimed a bronze medal in the 1500m race.

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That gives New Zealand a best yet medal haul of 18 – four gold, nine silver and five bronze.

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That puts us 19th in the gold medal ranking and 14th for total medals.

We’re 4th for medals per capita and weighted medals per capita and fith for golds per capita. 

Ko claims silver


Golfer Lydia Ko has won a silver medal.

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She showed a commendable sporting sense in her win:

. . . Ko was celebrating winning silver rather than commiserating a lost gold.

“You win a gold, silver or bronze medal this week. Sometimes people get carried away and say you ‘lost’ to someone but, no matter the result, you won. You’ve done great.

“Seeing athletes with these medals on tv affected me more than I ever imagined. Seeing other New Zealanders winning on social media made me want to make my contribution to the tally.”

Ko appreciated the support on course.

“Seeing athletes like [rower] Eric Murray or the women’s sevens team out here has been great. I feel like I played better hearing their support coming down the stretch. It felt like I was playing back home.”  . . . 


“Having this silver medal is just a dream come true. The Olympics isn’t about [whether] somebody lost to another player. It celebrates each and every athlete and we’ve all won. This week has just been surreal.”

New Zealand is 19th on the medal table. New Zealand is 19th on the gold medal table and 14th for total medals.

The 17 medals won, four gold, nine silver and four bronze is the best yet.


4th bronze


Pole vaulter Eliza McCartney has won a bronze medal – New Zealand’s fourth in the Rio Olympics.

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New Zealand is now 18th in the medal tally per country with 16 medals – four gold, eight silver and four bronze.

Of interest, though possibly not importance, most of the medals have been won by women.



Tom Walsh won the bronze medal in the shot put.

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New Zealand is now 17th in the medal tally with four gold, eight silver and three bronze.

We were second on the medals per capita table before Walsh won the bronze.

The total of 15 is the best yet for the country.

Bronze, 2 silver, gold


Lisa Carrington became the first New Zealand woman to win two medals at the same Olympics when she won a bronze medal in the K1 500 this morning.

That follows her gold in the 200 two days ago and in doing so she joins Valerie Adams and Barbara Kendall in an elite group of women who’ve won three Olympic medals.

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Team Jolly, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie sailed to silver in the 470 class, a remarkable feat after coming back from two disqualifications.

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Molly Meech and Alex Maloney also sailed to silver in the 49er FX class.

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Peter Burling and Blair Tuke didn’t even have to turn up today to win gold in the sailing 49er. They were already so far ahead of the next contenders but they not only turned up they won the race.

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New Zealand is now 14th in medals per country.

Gold and bronze


Lisa Carrington has won gold in the 200m canoe sprint.


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And Sam Meech has sailed to bronze in the laser:

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New Zealand now has three gold, six silver and a bronze which puts us 14th in the medal tally.

And while this doesn’t get a medal, here’s a win for sporting behaviour:

“Regardless of the race and the result on the board, that’s a moment that you’re never ever going to forget for the rest of your life, that girl shaking my shoulder, like, ‘Come on, get up’.” – Nikki Hamblin

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NZ on top per capita


New Zealand is on top of the Olympic medal tally on a per capita basis according to Statistics NZ:

On a medals per capita basis, New Zealand now ranks at the top of the table with two gold medals and six silver at the Rio Olympics, Statistics NZ said today.

With eight medals overall at the half way stage at Rio, New Zealand is the highest performing country, with the equivalent of 1.77 medals for every one million people.

Slovenia is second on 1.45 medals for every one million people. Hungary and Denmark are third and fourth respectively, with Fiji coming in fifth based on its one gold for the men’s rugby sevens win.

However, on a per capita basis for gold medals alone, Fiji tops the table, with its one gold for a population of just under 900,000. On that basis, New Zealand’s two gold medals leave it in sixth place, with a population of more than 4.5 million.

During the weekend, Mahe Drysdale’s single sculls gold medal was the high point for the New Zealand team.

On Saturday, New Zealand won two silver medals, for shot-putter Valerie Adams and at the rowing where Genevieve Behrent and Rebecca Scown also picked up a medal in the pair.

 Graph, Gold medals per million population, provisional count (15 August 2016), Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Graph, Medals per million population, provisional count (15 August 2016), Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Olympic Medals Per Capita   also ranks countries by medals per GDP.

1 Grenada 1 0.82 0.82
2 North Korea 6 22.00 3.67
3 Fiji 1 3.81 3.81
4 Mongolia 2 8.56 4.28
5 Jamaica 3 15.07 5.02
6 Kyrgyzstan 1 5.92 5.92
7 Georgia 2 14.37 7.18
8 Ethiopia 4 31.71 7.93
9 Uzbekistan 5 45.36 9.07
10 Hungary 13 140.03 10.77
11 Kenya 3 33.62 11.21
12 Cuba 5 60.81 12.16
13 Belarus 4 55.14 13.78
14 Lithuania 3 42.73 14.24
15 New Zealand 8 130.68 16.33
16 Slovenia 3 49.54 16.51
17 Kosovo 1 18.84 18.84
18 Croatia 3 63.85 21.28
19 Bahrain 1 21.90 21.90
20 Estonia 1 22.18 22.18

It also gives a weighted medals per capita where where gold is worth four points, silver two and bronze one:

1 Grenada 2 106,825 53,412
2 Fiji 4 892,145 223,036
3 New Zealand 20 4,595,700 229,785
4 Slovenia 7 2,063,768 294,824
5 Jamaica 9 2,725,941 302,882
6 Hungary 31 9,844,686 317,570
7 Croatia 10 4,224,404 422,440
8 Denmark 13 5,676,002 436,615
9 Kosovo 4 1,859,203 464,800
10 Australia 47 23,781,169 505,982
11 Great Britain 99 65,138,232 657,961
12 Bahrain 2 1,377,237 688,618
13 Switzerland 12 8,286,976 690,581
14 Lithuania 4 2,910,199 727,549
15 Netherlands 23 16,936,520 736,370
16 Sweden 13 9,798,871 753,759
17 Puerto Rico 4 3,474,182 868,545
18 Slovakia 6 5,424,050 904,008
19 Mongolia 3 2,959,134 986,378
20 Belgium 11 11,285,721 1,025,974

Photo finish for gold


It was worth getting up in the middle of the night to watch the rowing.

Mahe Drysdale won gold in a photo finish with an Olympic best time of 6:41.34.

From the NZ Olympic Team‘s Facebook page:

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NZ Olympic Team's photo.
NZ Olympic Team's photo.

NZ Olympic Team's photo.

Emma Twigg finished fourth in the single sculls and the women’s eight also finished fourth by a hair’s breadth.

New Zealand is now 13th in the medal tally.

NZ Olympic Team's photo.


Silver for Aadams


Valerie Adams has won a silver medal in the shot put.

TVNZ’s commentary:

1.01pm: Carter from US first up with a throw of 19.12m.

1.06am: Adams’ first throw is 19.79m. Went a little high for her liking.

1:12pm: Everyone has thrown now, and Adams remains in front. They have three throws each before eight more go onto the next phase. 

1.13pm: WOW! Carter from the US has thrown 19.82m. She leads Adams by 3cm.

1.15pm: DOUBLE WOW! Adams goes HUGE. 20.42m to retake the lead! What does that say to the rest of the field?

1.21pm: End of the second round. Adams leads by 60cm over Carter of the US.

1.22pm: Carter’s third effort can’t beat her second.

1.24pm: Third throw for Adams, short of 20m. 19.80. She remains in front.

1.31pm: Three throws down, three to go. Adams in front. Four athletes are cut for the rest of the competition.

1.39pm: Going in reverse order now. Carter improves her best to 19.87m.

1.40pm: Adams went quick, and wasn’t happy. She walks out of the circle so is red flagged.

1.45pm: Penultimate throw for Adams. Short of 20m again. Carter is her only serious rival, but can’t get over 20m.

1.52pm: NO! Carter goes huge. Adams pushed into second!

1.57pm: That, ladies and gentlemen, is the beauty of sport. Adams looked to have wrapped up the gold with her second throw of 20.42m, but Michelle Carter of the US pulled out an astonishing effort of 20.63m. Adams couldn’t beat it with her last effort.

2.04pm: It’s going to take a while for this to sink it. But let’s appreciate Carter’s performance for a second. Her last throw, her last chance of winning, and she delivers something special.

That leaves New Zealand in 19th place with a medal tally of one gold and six silver.

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Rowing silver


New Zealand rowing pair Genevieve Behrent and Rebecca Scown have won silver.

They finished just 1.28 seconds behind Great Britain.

Patience and self-belief have powered Kiwi rowers Rebecca Scown and Genevieve Behrent to an Olympic silver medal that could so nearly have been a momentous gold.

Trailing the field through the first 500m in the women’s pair final, the New Zealanders knocked their opponents off one-by-one but ran out of time to catch defending champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain on Friday (Saturday NZ Time). . . 

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Genevieve and Rebecca are also in the New Zealand rowing eight.

Weather disruption to the schedule for the heats meant they had only 10 minutes between finishing their pairs race and starting the eights race.

The final of the eights will be raced tomorrow morning.

New Zealand is now 19th in the medal tally with one gold and five silvers.

366 days of gratitude


Fiji didn’t just win gold today, it showed us how sport can unite a country and inspire people much further afield:

Fijians live and breathe rugby sevens and the historic nature of this Olympic game literally stopped the nation.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific sent this note around, suspending classes. The Pacific foreign ministers, including New Zealand’s Murray McCully, meeting in Suva, stopped to watch the game.

Victoria Parade near the markets in the capital, Suva, was temporarily closed. So were banks, with signs asking them to come back later.

Crowds had gathered at the National Stadium in Suva to watch and cheer on their boys, with bells ringing and tears flowing after the game.

This is how much it means to the small Pacific nation. School children in elation, partying in the streets.

People were literally standing in the middle of traffic, as they knew they could get away with it today.

They were literally dancing on the rooftops. . . 

It seems a lot of people don’t know about Fiji – Google tweeted that Fiji was the number one trending search in the world after the win.

What they will find out in their searches is that the nation honours its players and the players in turn honour their maker. There’s a growing trend of Christian rugby players turning to prayer on the pitch. We saw it recently with the Lions following their defeat in the Super Rugby final to the Hurricanes. But it started with these Pacific nations.

And it’s not a show for the cameras. . . 

The players received their gold medals from Princess Anne getting on their knees – some saying it was because they were too tall for her, others saying it was an act of respect.

If there’s another thing Fiji can teach us about sport, it’s how to win with honour and humility. . . .

Passion, faith, fun, respect, honour and humility – I’m grateful for all of that.



Fiji won its first Olympic medal today – and it’s gold.

They won the sevens by beating Great Britain 43 – 7 and have well and truly earned the right to be champions.

4th silver


New Zealand’s men’s sprint cyclists won silver by .12 of a second.

The world champion New Zealand team of Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins rode a quick 42.542 seconds in the gold medal ride but it wasn’t quite enough as Great Britain flew around the three laps in 42.440 to lower the Olympic record once more. . . 

That’s now one gold and four silvers and we’re still in 17th place in the medals table.

Gold and silver


New Zealand rowers Hamish Bond and Eric Murray won gold with their 69th consecutive win.

In doing so they join a very small group of New Zealand’s elite sportspeople who have won back to back Olympic golds.

Peerless men’s pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray have claimed back-to-back Olympic gold medals at the Rio Games.

The Kiwi pair, now undefeated in 69 consecutive races, pulled away over the second half of the course to claim New Zealand’s first rowing medal at Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon on Thursday (Friday NZ Time) and the country’s first gold medal in Rio. . . 

Bond and Murray claimed gold in the same event at the London Olympics in 2012, setting a new world record in their heat and beating France by 4.46 seconds in the final. The pair also have six  coxless pairs world championships, one coxed pairs world title and a coxless four gold.

Luuka Jones won silver in the women’s canoe slalom.

New Zealand is now 17th in the medal tally with one gold and three silver.

Go Fiji


I’d been counting Sevens chickens before the Olympics even hatched  and I’ve been disappointed.

New Zealand has struggled into the quarter  finals by a single point differential over the United States.

We’re facing Fiji this morning and for my sense of fair play has trumped my patriotism –  I’m backing Fiji.

They’ve never won gold, they’ve played better than us at the Games and they are more deserving of a win.

So Go Fiji!

Second silver to Sevens


The New Zealand women’s Sevens team has won New Zealand’s second silver medal.

Australia won the game 24 – 7.

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