List of New Zealand Olympic medallists

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New Zealand at the
Olympics
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IOC codeNZL
NOCNew Zealand Olympic Committee
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Medals
Gold
47
Silver
27
Bronze
46
Total
120
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
 Australasia (1908 · 1912)

New Zealand Olympic medallists have achieved considerable sporting success for New Zealand, often considered to be notable due to the relatively small population of the country (4.84 million as of June 2018). Being located in the remote South Pacific, New Zealanders needed to endure long sea voyages to attend the early Olympics. It was not until the VII Olympiad in 1920 that New Zealand sent its first team. Prior to that, three New Zealanders won medals competing for Australasian teams in 1908 and 1912. On only two occasions since 1920 has New Zealand failed to win a medal at the Summer Olympics, in 1948 at London and in 1980 at Moscow, when only four competitors were sent as a result of the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott.[1]

New Zealand has had a much smaller participation in the Winter Olympics, due to the country's temperate climate, not generally experiencing the severe winters to lowland levels, common in many countries in the Northern Hemisphere. The first New Zealand team to attend a Winter Olympics was in 1952. The nation has only won medals at two Winter games, in 1992 and in 2018.

The sporting rivalry between New Zealand and bigger neighbour Australia has been evident at many Olympic Games. In 1984, some Australian media outlets poked fun at the New Zealand gold medallists, saying they had been sitting down on the job at the Los Angeles Games, where they were successful in canoeing, equestrian, rowing and sailing. The New Zealand media pointed out that New Zealand had finished 8th on the final medals table, and Australia only 14th. New Zealand has finished higher than Australia on the medals table only in 1976, when Australia failed to win a gold medal, and Los Angeles in 1984.

Medallists[edit]

# Medal Games Name Sport Event Date
1  Bronze 1920 Antwerp Darcy Hadfield Rowing Men's single sculls 29 August 1920
2  Bronze 1924 Paris Arthur Porritt Athletics Men's 100 metres 7 July 1924
3  Gold 1928 Amsterdam Ted Morgan Boxing Men's welterweight 11 August 1928
4  Silver 1932 Los Angeles Cyril Stiles
Rangi Thompson
Rowing Men's coxless pair 13 August 1932
5  Gold 1936 Berlin Jack Lovelock Athletics Men's 1500 metres 6 August 1936
6  Bronze 1952 Helsinki John Holland Athletics Men's 400 metres hurdles 21 July 1952
7  Gold 1952 Helsinki Yvette Williams Athletics Women's long jump 23 July 1952
8  Bronze 1952 Helsinki Jean Stewart Swimming Women's 100 metre backstroke 31 July 1952
9  Gold 1956 Melbourne Norman Read Athletics Men's 50 kilometres walk 24 November 1956
10  Gold 1956 Melbourne Jack Cropp
Peter Mander
Sailing 12m² Sharpie 5 December 1956
11  Gold 1960 Rome Peter Snell Athletics Men's 800 metres 2 September 1960
12  Gold 1960 Rome Murray Halberg Athletics Men's 5000 metres 2 September 1960
13  Bronze 1960 Rome Barry Magee Athletics Men's marathon 10 September 1960
14  Gold 1964 Tokyo Peter Snell Athletics Men's 800 metres 16 October 1964
15  Bronze 1964 Tokyo Marise Chamberlain Athletics Women's 800 metres 20 October 1964
16  Gold 1964 Tokyo Peter Snell Athletics Men's 1500 metres 21 October 1964
17  Bronze 1964 Tokyo John Davies Athletics Men's 1500 metres 21 October 1964
18  Gold 1964 Tokyo Helmer Pedersen
Earle Wells
Sailing Flying Dutchman
19  Gold 1968 Mexico City Warren Cole
Ross Collinge
Dick Joyce
Dudley Storey
Simon Dickie (cox)
Rowing Men's coxed four 19 October 1968
20  Bronze 1968 Mexico City Ian Ballinger Shooting Mixed 50 metre rifle, prone 19 October 1968
21  Bronze 1968 Mexico City Mike Ryan Athletics Men's marathon 20 October 1968
22  Silver 1972 Munich Ross Collinge
Noel Mills
Dudley Storey
Dick Tonks
Rowing Men's coxless four 2 September 1972
23  Gold 1972 Munich Trevor Coker
Joe Earl
John Hunter
Tony Hurt
Dick Joyce
Gary Robertson
Wybo Veldman
Lindsay Wilson
Simon Dickie (cox)
Rowing Men's eight 2 September 1972
24  Bronze 1972 Munich Rod Dixon Athletics Men's 1500 metres 10 September 1972
25  Bronze 1976 Montreal Trevor Coker
Peter Dignan
Joe Earl
Tony Hurt
Alec McLean
Dave Rodger
Ivan Sutherland
Lindsay Wilson
Simon Dickie (cox)
Rowing Men's eight 25 July 1976
26  Gold 1976 Montreal New Zealand men's national team
Hockey Men's tournament 30 July 1976
27  Silver 1976 Montreal Dick Quax Athletics Men's 5000 metres 30 July 1976
28  Gold 1976 Montreal John Walker Athletics Men's 1500 metres 31 July 1976
29  Gold 1984 Los Angeles Mark Todd Equestrian Individual eventing 3 August 1984
30  Bronze 1984 Los Angeles Kevin Lawton
Barrie Mabbott
Don Symon
Ross Tong
Brett Hollister (cox)
Rowing Men's coxed four 5 August 1984
31  Gold 1984 Los Angeles Shane O'Brien
Les O'Connell
Conrad Robertson
Keith Trask
Rowing Men's coxless four 5 August 1984
32  Gold 1984 Los Angeles Rex Sellers
Chris Timms
Sailing Tornado 8 August 1984
33  Gold 1984 Los Angeles Russell Coutts Sailing Finn 8 August 1984
34  Bronze 1984 Los Angeles Bruce Kendall Sailing Windglider 8 August 1984
35  Gold 1984 Los Angeles Ian Ferguson Canoeing Men's K-1 500 metres 10 August 1984
36  Gold 1984 Los Angeles Ian Ferguson
Paul MacDonald
Canoeing Men's K-2 500 metres 10 August 1984
37  Silver 1984 Los Angeles Kevin Barry Boxing Men's light heavyweight 11 August 1984
38  Gold 1984 Los Angeles Alan Thompson Canoeing Men's K-1 1000 metres 11 August 1984
39  Gold 1984 Los Angeles Grant Bramwell
Ian Ferguson
Paul MacDonald
Alan Thompson
Canoeing Men's K-4 1000 metres 11 August 1984
40  Bronze 1988 Seoul Andrew Bennie
Margaret Knighton
Tinks Pottinger
Mark Todd
Equestrian Team eventing 22 September 1988
41  Gold 1988 Seoul Mark Todd Equestrian Individual eventing 22 September 1988
42  Bronze 1988 Seoul Paul Kingsman Swimming Men's 200 metre backstroke 22 September 1988
43  Bronze 1988 Seoul Lynley Hannen
Nikki Payne
Rowing Women's coxless pair 24 September 1988
44  Bronze 1988 Seoul Greg Johnston
George Keys
Ian Wright
Chris White
Andrew Bird (cox)
Rowing Men's coxed four 24 September 1988
45  Bronze 1988 Seoul Eric Verdonk Rowing Men's single sculls 24 September 1988
46  Bronze 1988 Seoul Anthony Mosse Swimming Men's 200 metre butterfly 24 September 1988
47  Bronze 1988 Seoul John Cutler Sailing Finn 27 September 1988
48  Silver 1988 Seoul Rex Sellers
Chris Timms
Sailing Tornado 27 September 1988
49  Gold 1988 Seoul Bruce Kendall Sailing Men's Division II 27 September 1988
50  Bronze 1988 Seoul Paul MacDonald Canoeing Men's K-1 500 metres 30 September 1988
51  Gold 1988 Seoul Ian Ferguson
Paul MacDonald
Canoeing Men's K-2 500 metres 30 September 1988
52  Bronze 1988 Seoul Ian Ferguson
Paul MacDonald
Canoeing Men's K-2 1000 metres 1 October 1988
53  Silver 1992 Albertville Annelise Coberger Alpine skiing Women's slalom 20 February 1992
54  Bronze 1992 Barcelona Gary Anderson Cycling Men’s individual pursuit 29 July 1992
55  Silver 1992 Barcelona Vicki Latta
Andrew Nicholson
Blyth Tait
Equestrian Team eventing 30 July 1992
56  Bronze 1992 Barcelona Blyth Tait Equestrian Individual eventing 30 July 1992
57  Silver 1992 Barcelona Danyon Loader Swimming Men's 200 metre butterfly 30 July 1992
58  Bronze 1992 Barcelona Lorraine Moller Athletics Women's marathon 1 August 1992
59  Gold 1992 Barcelona Barbara Kendall Sailing Women's Lechner 2 August 1992
60  Bronze 1992 Barcelona Leslie Egnot
Jan Shearer
Sailing Women's 470 3 August 1992
61  Silver 1992 Barcelona Don Cowie
Rod Davis
Sailing Star 3 August 1992
62  Bronze 1992 Barcelona Craig Monk Sailing Finn 3 August 1992
63  Bronze 1992 Barcelona David Tua Boxing Men's heavyweight 8 August 1992
64  Gold 1996 Atlanta Danyon Loader Swimming Men's 200 metre freestyle 20 July 1996
65  Gold 1996 Atlanta Danyon Loader Swimming Men's 400 metre freestyle 23 July 1996
66  Bronze 1996 Atlanta Vaughn Jefferis
Vicky Latta
Andrew Nicholson
Blyth Tait
Equestrian Team eventing 26 July 1996
67  Gold 1996 Atlanta Blyth Tait Equestrian Individual eventing 26 July 1996
68  Silver 1996 Atlanta Sally Clark Equestrian Individual eventing 26 July 1996
69  Silver 1996 Atlanta Barbara Kendall Sailing Women's Mistral 2 August 1996
70  Bronze 2000 Sydney Mark Todd Equestrian Individual eventing 22 September 2000
71  Gold 2000 Sydney Rob Waddell Rowing Men's single sculls 23 September 2000
72  Bronze 2000 Sydney Barbara Kendall Sailing Women's Mistral 24 September 2000
73  Bronze 2000 Sydney Aaron McIntosh Sailing Men's Mistral 24 September 2000
74  Gold 2004 Athens Caroline Evers-Swindell
Georgina Evers-Swindell
Rowing Women's double sculls 21 August 2004
75  Gold 2004 Athens Sarah Ulmer Cycling Women's individual pursuit 22 August 2004
76  Gold 2004 Athens Hamish Carter Triathlon Men's event 26 August 2004
77  Silver 2004 Athens Bevan Docherty Triathlon Men's event 26 August 2004
78  Silver 2004 Athens Ben Fouhy Canoeing Men's K-1 1000 m 27 August 2004
79  Bronze 2008 Beijing Mahé Drysdale Rowing Men's single sculls 16 August 2008
80  Bronze 2008 Beijing Nathan Twaddle
George Bridgewater
Rowing Men's coxless pair 16 August 2008
81  Gold 2008 Beijing Georgina Evers-Swindell
Caroline Evers-Swindell
Rowing Women's double sculls 16 August 2008
82  Silver 2008 Beijing Hayden Roulston Cycling Men's individual pursuit 16 August 2008
83  Gold 2008 Beijing Valerie Vili Athletics Women's shot put 16 August 2008
84  Bronze 2008 Beijing Hayden Roulston
Jesse Sergent
Marc Ryan
Sam Bewley
Cycling Men's team pursuit 18 August 2008
85  Bronze 2008 Beijing Bevan Docherty Triathlon Men's triathlon 19 August 2008
86  Silver 2008 Beijing Nick Willis Athletics Men's 1500 metres 19 August 2008
87  Gold 2008 Beijing Tom Ashley Sailing Men's RS:X 20 August 2008
88  Bronze 2012 London Andrew Nicholson
Jonathan Paget
Caroline Powell
Jonelle Richards
Mark Todd
Equestrian Team eventing 31 July 2012
89  Bronze 2012 London Juliette Haigh
Rebecca Scown
Rowing Women's pair 1 August 2012
90  Gold 2012 London Nathan Cohen
Joseph Sullivan
Rowing Men's double sculls 2 August 2012
91  Gold 2012 London Hamish Bond
Eric Murray
Rowing Men's coxless pair 3 August 2012
92  Gold 2012 London Mahé Drysdale Rowing Men's single sculls 3 August 2012
93  Bronze 2012 London Sam Bewley
Aaron Gate
Westley Gough
Marc Ryan
Jesse Sergent
Cycling Men's team pursuit 3 August 2012
94  Bronze 2012 London Peter Taylor
Storm Uru
Rowing Men's lightweight double sculls 4 August 2012
95  Gold 2012 London Valerie Adams Athletics Women's shot put 6 August 2012
96  Bronze 2012 London Simon van Velthooven Cycling Men's keirin 7 August 2012
97  Silver 2012 London Peter Burling
Blair Tuke
Sailing 49er class 8 August 2012
98  Gold 2012 London Jo Aleh
Polly Powrie
Sailing Women's 470 10 August 2012
99  Silver 2012 London Sarah Walker Cycling Women's BMX 10 August 2012
100  Gold 2012 London Lisa Carrington Canoeing Women's K-1 200 m 11 August 2012
101  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Natalie Rooney Shooting Women's trap 7 August 2016
102  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro New Zealand women's rugby sevens team
Rugby sevens Women's tournament 8 August 2016
103  Gold 2016 Rio de Janeiro Hamish Bond
Eric Murray
Rowing Men's coxless pair 11 August 2016
104  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Luuka Jones Canoeing Women's slalom K-1 11 August 2016
105  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Eddie Dawkins
Ethan Mitchell
Sam Webster
Cycling Men's team sprint 11 August 2016
106  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Genevieve Behrent
Rebecca Scown
Rowing Women's coxless pair 12 August 2016
107  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Valerie Adams Athletics Women's shot put 12 August 2016
108  Gold 2016 Rio de Janeiro Mahé Drysdale Rowing Men's single sculls 13 August 2016
109  Gold 2016 Rio de Janeiro Lisa Carrington Canoeing Women's K-1 200 m 16 August 2016
110  Bronze 2016 Rio de Janeiro Sam Meech Sailing Laser 16 August 2016
111  Bronze 2016 Rio de Janeiro Lisa Carrington Canoeing Women's K-1 500 m 18 August 2016
112  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Jo Aleh
Polly Powrie
Sailing Women's 470 18 August 2016
113  Gold 2016 Rio de Janeiro Peter Burling
Blair Tuke
Sailing Men's 49er 18 August 2016
114  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Alex Maloney
Molly Meech
Sailing Women's 49erFX 18 August 2016
115  Bronze 2016 Rio de Janeiro Tomas Walsh Athletics Men's shot put 18 August 2016
116  Bronze 2016 Rio de Janeiro Eliza McCartney Athletics Women's pole vault 19 August 2016
117  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Lydia Ko Golf Women's individual 20 August 2016
118  Bronze 2016 Rio de Janeiro Nick Willis Athletics Men's 1500 metres 20 August 2016
119  Bronze 2018 PyeongChang Zoi Sadowski-Synnott Snowboarding Women's big air 22 February 2018
120  Bronze 2018 PyeongChang Nico Porteous Freestyle skiing Men's halfpipe 22 February 2018

At the 1972 Summer Olympics, Bruce Biddle originally finished fourth in the cycling road race. When the original Bronze medallist was subsequently disqualified for drug usage, Biddle should have been placed third. However he was not awarded the Bronze medal as he had not been asked to take a drugs test. Despite the continued efforts of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, the International Olympic Committee refused to overturn its decision.

Pre-NZOC medals[edit]

Gold
Bronze

Milestones[edit]

  • First medal (by a New Zealander): Victor Lindberg (1900, for Great Britain)[2]
  • First Gold medal (by a New Zealander): Victor Lindberg (1900, for Great Britain)
  • First medal (for New Zealand): Clarence Hadfield D'Arcy (1920)
  • First Gold medal (for New Zealand): Ted Morgan (1928)
  • First female medallist: Yvette Williams (1952)
  • First female Gold medallist: Yvette Williams (1952)
  • First double medallist: Peter Snell (1960, 1964)
  • First double Gold medallist: Peter Snell (1960, 1964)
  • First double Gold medallist at a single Games: Peter Snell (1964)
  • First triple medallist: Peter Snell (1960, 1964)
  • First triple Gold medallist: Peter Snell (1960, 1964)
  • First triple medallist at a single Games: Ian Ferguson (1984)
  • First triple Gold medallist at a single Games: Ian Ferguson (1984)
  • First quadruple medallists: Ian Ferguson & Paul McDonald (1984, 1988)
  • First quadruple Gold medallist: Ian Ferguson (1984, 1988)
  • First quintuple medallist: Ian Ferguson & Paul McDonald (1984, 1988)
  • First Winter medallist: Annelise Coberger (1992)
  • First female double medallist: Vicky Latta (1992, 1996)
  • First female triple medallist: Barbara Kendall (1992, 1996, 2000)
  • First female double Gold medallists: Caroline & Georgina Evers-Swindell (2004, 2008)
  • First female double medallist at a single Games: Lisa Carrington (2016)
  • First male Winter medallist: Nico Porteous (2018)

Youngest medallists[edit]

Youngest medallists
Name Age Date of birth Medal date Note
Nico Porteous 16 years, 91 days 23 November 2001 22 February 2018
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott 16 years, 353 days 6 March 2001 22 February 2018 Youngest female medallist
Danyon Loader 17 years, 100 days 21 April 1975 30 July 1992 Youngest Summer medallist
Terina Te Tamaki 19 years, 79 days 1 May 1997 8 August 2016 Youngest female Summer medallist
Lydia Ko 19 years, 118 days 24 April 1997 20 August 2016
Eliza McCartney 19 years, 252 days 11 December 1996 19 August 2016
Bruce Kendall 20 years, 42 days 27 June 1964 8 August 1984
Annelise Coberger 20 years, 157 days 16 September 1971 20 February 1992
Paul Kingsman 21 years, 99 days 15 June 1967 22 September 1988
Danyon Loader 21 years, 100 days 21 April 1975 30 July 1996 Youngest gold medallist

Most successful Olympians[edit]

New Zealanders who have won two or more gold medals, or three or more medals:

Name Gold Silver Bronze Total
Ian Ferguson 4 1 - 5
Paul MacDonald 3 1 1 5
Peter Snell 3 - - 3
Danyon Loader 2 1 - 3
Valerie Adams 2 1 - 3
Mark Todd 2 - 3 5
Simon Dickie 2 - 1 3
Mahé Drysdale 2 - 1 3
Lisa Carrington 2 - 1 3
Dick Joyce 2 - - 2
Alan Thompson 2 - - 2
Caroline Evers-Swindell 2 - - 2
Georgina Evers-Swindell 2 - - 2
Hamish Bond[3][4] 2 - - 2
Eric Murray[4][3] 2 - - 2
Blyth Tait 1 1 2 4
Barbara Kendall 1 1 1 3
Andrew Nicholson - 1 2 3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1980 Moscow". Archive.is. 2 May 2007. Archived from the original on 2 May 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Original NZ Olympian celebrated". The Northland Age. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Rowing | New Zealand Olympic Team". Olympic.org.nz. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b "coxless pair (2-) men - Olympic Rowing". Olympic.org. Retrieved 8 March 2017.