New Zealand Athletes Achieve Best Ever Performance at an Olympic Games

New Zealand athletes made history at the Rio Olympic Games winning 18 medals, a 38% increase on London 2012 and four above the Olympic target. 

In addition to 18 podium performances, New Zealand athletes also secured nine 4th place finishes, 40 Top 8’s and 71 Top 16 performances, to finish 4th on the per capita medal table of 207 nations. 

Medals were achieved across nine sports, the broadest range of success in New Zealand Olympic history, as four sports multi-medalled and two campaign sports achieved podium performance.

As the ‘team behind the team’, High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) has worked closely with sports, coaches and athletes over the Rio cycle to provide the best package of investment, science, medicine and technological support.

Over 500,000 hours of athlete performance support was provided by HPSNZ experts to high performance athletes and coaches in preparation for the Games, while a team of over 30 front line dedicated HPSNZ performance specialists provided on the ground continuous support to athletes at the Games, with further HPSNZ staff supporting remotely from New Zealand.

Reflecting on the success of the Games, High Performance Sport New Zealand Chair, Sir Paul Collins said:

“The ambitious target for New Zealand was to win 14 or more medals following the success of London. To reach 18 is an outstanding achievement by our athletes and continues the sustained growth and improvement from Sydney (4), Athens (5), Beijing (9) and London (13).

To deliver performance of this scale takes a great team of people at HPSNZ, across NSOs, the NZOC and Sport NZ.  I would like to thank the partners for believing in our vision and providing the environment for our athletes to succeed on the world stage. 

I would also like to acknowledge the Government who have been great supporters of high performance sport in New Zealand and should be commended as without their support our success would not have been possible”.

Alex Baumann, Chief Executive of HPSNZ, said:

“I would like to congratulate our athletes who have enriched and inspired the nation by what they have achieved. With a record number of podium performance across an incredible nine sports, including four multi-medal sports, the high performance system in New Zealand is stronger than ever. 

With 60% of medallists first time Olympians, we have more strength in depth and breadth than ever before, and with all medallists supported by High Performance Sport New Zealand during the Rio cycle, we will continue our focus on investing in medal potential and building system sustainability, with the resources available to us

We may not have the same resources as many of our international competitors but we have stayed true to our strategy and allocated our investment wisely to bring a return for New Zealand. We hope that this success inspires the next generation of athletes to win on the world stage as the Rio Olympic team has been filled with outstanding role models on and off the sporting field of play. 

Our attention will now focus on the Paralympics and the support required from us to ensure our vision of more New Zealand winners on the world stage”.


Rio 2016 Olympic Highlights

Performance

  • New Zealand achieved its best ever performance at an Olympics Games with 18 medals – a 38% increase on London 2012 and 4 above our medal target
  • Medals were achieved across nine sports, more than any previous games and a 50% increase on London - demonstrating the broad strength of the New Zealand high performance system
  • Four sports multi-medalled in Rio, while podium performance was also achieved in two campaign sports
  • New Zealand finished 4th on the per capita medal table of 207 nations
  • Success was delivered through an aligned Rio planning partnership between HPSNZ, NSOs and NZOC

The Team

  • The New Zealand team brought home a total of 36 individual medals from 35 athletes
  • 60% of medallists were first time Olympians
  • 61% of New Zealand athletes were first time Olympians
  • The average age of the team was 27
  • 51% of New Zealand medallists were under 27

The Team Behind the Team

  • 90% of Olympic athletes were supported by the HPSNZ Carding programme
  • 74% of Olympic athletes have historically received support under the PMAS
  • 51% of Olympic athletes are presently supported under the Prime Minister Scholarship programme (PMAS)
  • 89% of medallist have historically received support under the PMAS        
  • Over 500,000 hours of athlete performance support was provided by HPSNZ experts to HP athletes and coaches in preparation for the Games
  • Over 30 front line dedicated HPSNZ performance specialists provide on the ground continuous support to athletes throughout the Games
  • 53 Innovation and Goldmine projects were completed in preparation for the Games

 

Rio 2016 Olympic Medallists

AthleteSportDisciplineMedal
Peter BurlingSailingMen's 49erGold
Blair TukeSailingMen's 49erGold
Hamish BondRowingMen's Coxless Pair M2-Gold
Eric MurrayRowingMen's Coxless Pair M2-Gold
Mahe DrysdaleRowingMen's Single Scull M1xGold
Lisa CarringtonCanoe SprintK1W200 / K1W500Gold/ Bronze
Polly PowrieSailing470WSilver
Jo AlehSailing470WSilver
Luuka JonesCanoe SlalomK1WSilver
Terina Te TamakiRugby SevensWomen’sSilver
Gayle BroughtonRugby SevensWomen’sSilver
Theresa FitzpatrickRugby SevensWomen’sSilver
Tyla Nathan-WongRugby SevensWomen’sSilver
Sarah GossRugby SevensWomen’sSilver
Shakira BakerRugby SevensWomen’sSilver
Portia WoodmanRugby SevensWomen’sSilver
Ruby TuiRugby SevensWomen’sSilver
Kelly BrazierRugby SevensWomen’sSilver
Kayla McAlisterRugby SevensWomen’sSilver
Niall WilliamsRugby SevensWomen’sSilver
Huriana Manuel Rugby SevensWomen’sSilver
Lydia KoGolfWomen’sSilver
Molly MeechSailingWomen's 49erFXSilver
Alexandra MaloneySailingWomen's 49erFXSilver
Genevieve BehrentRowingWomen's Eight W8+ / Women’s Pair W2-Silver
Rebecca ScownRowingWomen's Eight W8+ / Women’s Pair W2-Silver
Valerie AdamsAthleticsWomen's shotputSilver
Natalie RooneyShootingWomen's TrapSilver
Ethan MitchellCyclingMen's Team SprintSilver
Sam WebsterCyclingMen's Team Sprint, Individual Sprint & KeirinSilver
Eddie DawkinsCyclingMen's Team Sprint, Individual Sprint & KeirinSilver
Eliza McCartneyAthleticsWomen's Pool VaultBronze
Nick WillisAthleticsMen's 1500mBronze
Sam MeechSailingMen's LaserBronze
Tom WalshAthleticsMen's ShotputBronze


New Zealand Olympic Results (2000-2016)


New Zealand Olympic Podium Performance (2000-2016)


Olympic Medal Winning Sports (2000-2016)


Olympic Individual Medallists (2000-2016)


Olympic Medal Per Capita (2008-2016)


Rio 2016 - Medal Tally (Top 20 by Gold)  

 


Rio 2016 - Medal Tally (Top 20 by Total)