New Zealand Olympic medallists

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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 (4.69 million as of June 2016). 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. In 1992, Annelise Coberger of New Zealand became the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to win a medal at the Winter Olympics when she won silver in the slalom at Albertville in France. Her medal is included in the list below.

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.

Total medals[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze Total
47 27 46 120

*Table includes New Zealanders who competed as part of Australasia in 1908 and 1912.

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 (and only to date) winter olympics 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)

Youngest and oldest medallists[edit]

Youngest medallists
Name Age Date of birth Medal date Note
Danyon Loader 17 years, 100 days 21 April 1975 30 July 1992
Terina Te Tamaki 19 years, 79 days 1 May 1997 8 August 2016 Youngest female medallist
Lydia Ko 19 years, 118 days 24 April 1997 20 August 2016 Youngest female individual medallist
Eliza McCartney 19 years, 252 days 11 December 1996 19 August 2016
Annelise Coberger 20 years, 157 days 16 September 1971 20 February 1992
Danyon Loader 21 years, 100 days 21 April 1975 30 July 1996 Youngest gold medallist
Peter Burling 21 years, 220 days 1 January 1991 8 August 2012
Jean Stewart 21 years, 221 days 23 December 1930 31 July 1952
Peter Snell 21 years, 260 days 17 December 1938 2 September 1960

Medallists[edit]

# Medal Games Name Sport Event Date
1  Bronze 1920 Antwerp Hadfield, DarcyDarcy Hadfield Rowing Men's single sculls 29 August 1920
2  Bronze 1924 Paris Porritt, ArthurArthur Porritt Athletics Men's 100 metres 7 July 1924
3  Gold 1928 Amsterdam Morgan, TedTed Morgan Boxing Men's welterweight 11 August 1928
4  Silver 1932 Los Angeles Stiles, CyrilCyril Stiles
Fred Thompson
Rowing Men's coxless pair 13 August 1932
5  Gold 1936 Berlin Lovelock, JackJack Lovelock Athletics Men's 1500 metres 6 August 1936
6  Bronze 1952 Helsinki Holland, JohnJohn Holland Athletics Men's 400 metres hurdles 21 July 1952
7  Gold 1952 Helsinki Williams, YvetteYvette Williams Athletics Women's long jump 23 July 1952
8  Bronze 1952 Helsinki Stewart, JeanJean Stewart Swimming Women's 100 metre backstroke 31 July 1952
9  Gold 1956 Melbourne Read, NormanNorman Read Athletics Men's 50 kilometres walk 24 November 1956
10  Gold 1956 Melbourne Cropp, JackJack Cropp
Peter Mander
Sailing 12m² Sharpie 5 December 1956
11  Gold 1960 Rome Snell, PeterPeter Snell Athletics Men's 800 metres
12  Gold 1960 Rome Halberg, MurrayMurray Halberg Athletics Men's 5000 metres
13  Bronze 1960 Rome Magee, BarryBarry Magee Athletics Men's marathon
14  Gold 1964 Tokyo Snell, PeterPeter Snell Athletics Men's 800 metres
15  Bronze 1964 Tokyo Chamberlain, MariseMarise Chamberlain Athletics Women's 800 metres
16  Gold 1964 Tokyo Snell, PeterPeter Snell Athletics Men's 1500 metres
17  Bronze 1964 Tokyo Davies, JohnJohn Davies Athletics Men's 1500 metres
18  Gold 1964 Tokyo Pedersen, HelmerHelmer Pedersen
Earle Wells
Sailing Flying Dutchman
19  Gold 1968 Mexico City Cole, WarrenWarren Cole
Ross Collinge
Dick Joyce
Dudley Storey
Simon Dickie (cox)
Rowing Men's coxed four
20  Bronze 1968 Mexico City Ballinger, IanIan Ballinger Shooting Mixed 50 metre rifle, prone
21  Bronze 1968 Mexico City Ryan, MikeMike Ryan Athletics Men's marathon
22  Silver 1972 Munich Collinge, RossRoss Collinge
Noel Mills
Dudley Storey
Dick Tonks
Rowing Men's coxless four 2 September 1972
23  Gold 1972 Munich Coker, TrevorTrevor Coker
Athol 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 Dixon, RodRod Dixon Athletics Men's 1500 metres 10 September 1972
25  Bronze 1976 Montreal Coker, TrevorTrevor Coker
Peter Dignan
Athol 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 men's national team, New ZealandNew Zealand men's national team
Paul Ackerley   Barry Maister
Jeff Archibald   Selwyn Maister
Arthur Borren   Trevor Manning
Alan Chesney   Alan McIntyre
John Christensen   Arthur Parkin
Greg Dayman   Mohan Patel
Tony Ineson   Ramesh Patel
Hockey Men's tournament 30 July 1976
27  Silver 1976 Montreal Quax, DickDick Quax Athletics Men's 5000 metres 30 July 1976
28  Gold 1976 Montreal Walker, JohnJohn Walker Athletics Men's 1500 metres 31 July 1976
29  Gold 1984 Los Angeles Todd, MarkMark Todd Equestrian Individual eventing 3 August 1984
30  Bronze 1984 Los Angeles Lawton, KevinKevin 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 Sellers, RexRex Sellers
Chris Timms
Sailing Tornado 8 August 1984
33  Gold 1984 Los Angeles Coutts, RussellRussell Coutts Sailing Finn 8 August 1984
34  Bronze 1984 Los Angeles Kendall, BruceBruce Kendall Sailing Men's Windglider 8 August 1984
35  Gold 1984 Los Angeles Ferguson, IanIan Ferguson Canoeing Men's K-1 500 metres 10 August 1984
36  Gold 1984 Los Angeles Ferguson, IanIan Ferguson
Paul MacDonald
Canoeing Men's K-2 500 metres 10 August 1984
37  Silver 1984 Los Angeles Barry, KevinKevin Barry Boxing Men's light heavyweight 11 August 1984
38  Gold 1984 Los Angeles Thompson, AlanAlan Thompson Canoeing Men's K-1 1000 metres 11 August 1984
39  Gold 1984 Los Angeles Bramwell, GrantGrant Bramwell
Ian Ferguson
Paul MacDonald
Alan Thompson
Canoeing Men's K-4 1000 metres 11 August 1984
40  Bronze 1988 Seoul Bennie, AndrewAndrew Bennie
Margaret Knighton
Tinks Pottinger
Mark Todd
Equestrian Team eventing 22 September 1988
41  Gold 1988 Seoul Todd, MarkMark Todd Equestrian Individual eventing 22 September 1988
42  Bronze 1988 Seoul Kingsman, PaulPaul Kingsman Swimming Men's 200 metre backstroke 22 September 1988
43  Bronze 1988 Seoul Hannen, LynleyLynley Hannen
Nikki Payne
Rowing Women's coxless pair 24 September 1988
44  Bronze 1988 Seoul Johnston, GregGreg Johnston
George Keys
Ian Wright
Chris White
Andrew Bird (cox)
Rowing Men's coxed four 24 September 1988
45  Bronze 1988 Seoul Verdonk, EricEric Verdonk Rowing Men's single sculls 24 September 1988
46  Bronze 1988 Seoul Mosse, AnthonyAnthony Mosse Swimming Men's 200 metre butterfly 24 September 1988
47  Bronze 1988 Seoul Cutler, JohnJohn Cutler Sailing Finn 27 September 1988
48  Silver 1988 Seoul Sellers, RexRex Sellers
Chris Timms
Sailing Tornado 27 September 1988
49  Gold 1988 Seoul Kendall, BruceBruce Kendall Sailing Men's Division II 27 September 1988
50  Bronze 1988 Seoul MacDonald, PaulPaul MacDonald Canoeing Men's K-1 500 metres 30 September 1988
51  Gold 1988 Seoul Ferguson, IanIan Ferguson
Paul MacDonald
Canoeing Men's K-2 500 metres 30 September 1988
52  Bronze 1988 Seoul Ferguson, IanIan Ferguson
Paul MacDonald
Canoeing Men's K-2 1000 metres 1 October 1988
53  Silver 1992 Albertville (winter) Coberger, AnneliseAnnelise Coberger Alpine skiing Women's slalom 20 February 1992
54  Bronze 1992 Barcelona Anderson, GaryGary Anderson Cycling Men’s individual pursuit 29 July 1992
55  Silver 1992 Barcelona Latta, VickiVicki Latta
Andrew Nicholson
Blyth Tait
Equestrian Team eventing 30 July 1992
56  Bronze 1992 Barcelona Tait, BlythBlyth Tait Equestrian Individual eventing 30 July 1992
57  Silver 1992 Barcelona Loader, DanyonDanyon Loader Swimming Men's 200 metre butterfly 30 July 1992
58  Bronze 1992 Barcelona Moller, LorraineLorraine Moller Athletics Women's marathon 1 August 1992
59  Gold 1992 Barcelona Kendall, BarbaraBarbara Kendall Sailing Women's Lechner 2 August 1992
60  Bronze 1992 Barcelona Egnot, LeslieLeslie Egnot
Jan Shearer
Sailing Women's 470 3 August 1992
61  Silver 1992 Barcelona Cowie, DonDon Cowie
Rod Davis
Sailing Star 3 August 1992
62  Bronze 1992 Barcelona Monk, CraigCraig Monk Sailing Finn 3 August 1992
63  Bronze 1992 Barcelona Tua, DavidDavid Tua Boxing Men's heavyweight 8 August 1992
64  Gold 1996 Atlanta Loader, DanyonDanyon Loader Swimming Men's 200 metre freestyle 20 July 1996
65  Gold 1996 Atlanta Loader, DanyonDanyon Loader Swimming Men's 400 metre freestyle 23 July 1996
66  Bronze 1996 Atlanta Jefferis, VaughnVaughn Jefferis
Vicki Latta
Andrew Nicholson
Blyth Tait
Equestrian Team eventing 26 July 1996
67  Gold 1996 Atlanta Tait, BlythBlyth Tait Equestrian Individual eventing 26 July 1996
68  Silver 1996 Atlanta Clark, SallySally Clark Equestrian Individual eventing 26 July 1996
69  Silver 1996 Atlanta Kendall, BarbaraBarbara Kendall Sailing Women's Mistral 2 August 1996
70  Bronze 2000 Sydney Todd, MarkMark Todd Equestrian Individual eventing 22 September 2000
71  Gold 2000 Sydney Waddell, RobRob Waddell Rowing Men's single sculls 23 September 2000
72  Bronze 2000 Sydney Kendall, BarbaraBarbara Kendall Sailing Women's Mistral 24 September 2000
73  Bronze 2000 Sydney McIntosh, AaronAaron McIntosh Sailing Men's Mistral 24 September 2000
74  Gold 2004 Beijing Evers-Swindell, CarolineCaroline Evers-Swindell
Evers-Swindell, GeorginaGeorgina Evers-Swindell
Rowing Women's double sculls 21 August 2004
75  Gold 2004 Beijing Ulmer, SarahSarah Ulmer Cycling Women's individual pursuit 22 August 2004
76  Gold 2004 Beijing Carter, HamishHamish Carter Triathlon Men's event 26 August 2004
77  Silver 2004 Beijing Docherty, BevanBevan Docherty Triathlon Men's event 26 August 2004
78  Silver 2004 Beijing Fouhy, BenBen Fouhy Canoeing Men's K-1 1000 m 27 August 2004
79  Bronze 2008 Beijing Drysdale, MahéMahé Drysdale Rowing Men's single sculls 16 August 2008
80  Bronze 2008 Beijing Twaddle, NathanNathan Twaddle
Bridgewater, GeorgeGeorge Bridgewater
Rowing Men's coxless pair 16 August 2008
81  Gold 2008 Beijing Evers-Swindell, GeorginaGeorgina Evers-Swindell
Evers-Swindell, CarolineCaroline Evers-Swindell
Rowing Women's double sculls 16 August 2008
82  Silver 2008 Beijing Roulston, HaydenHayden Roulston Cycling Men's individual pursuit 16 August 2008
83  Gold 2008 Beijing Vili, ValerieValerie Vili Athletics Women's shot put 16 August 2008
84  Bronze 2008 Beijing Roulston, HaydenHayden Roulston
Sergent, JesseJesse Sergent
Ryan, MarcMarc Ryan
Bewley, SamSam Bewley
Cycling Men's team pursuit 18 August 2008
85  Bronze 2008 Beijing Docherty, BevanBevan Docherty Triathlon Men's triathlon 19 August 2008
86  Silver 2008 Beijing Willis, NickNick Willis Athletics Men's 1500 metres 19 August 2008
87  Gold 2008 Beijing Ashley, TomTom Ashley Sailing Men's RS:X 20 August 2008
88  Bronze 2012 London Nicholson, AndrewAndrew Nicholson
Paget, JonathanJonathan Paget
Powell, CarolineCaroline Powell
Richards, JonelleJonelle Richards
Mark Todd
Equestrian Team eventing 31 July 2012
89  Bronze 2012 London Haigh, JulietteJuliette Haigh
Rebecca Scown
Rowing Women's pair 1 August 2012
90  Gold 2012 London Cohen, NathanNathan Cohen
Joseph Sullivan
Rowing Men's double sculls 2 August 2012
91  Gold 2012 London Bond, HamishHamish Bond
Eric Murray
Rowing Men's pair 3 August 2012
92  Gold 2012 London Drysdale, MahéMahé Drysdale Rowing Men's single sculls 3 August 2012
93  Bronze 2012 London Bewley, SamSam Bewley
Aaron Gate
Westley Gough
Marc Ryan
Jesse Sergent
Cycling Men's team pursuit 3 August 2012
94  Bronze 2012 London Taylor, PeterPeter Taylor
Storm Uru
Rowing Men's lightweight double sculls 4 August 2012
95  Gold 2012 London Adams, ValerieValerie Adams Athletics Women's shot put 6 August 2012
96  Bronze 2012 London Velthooven, Simon vanSimon van Velthooven Cycling Men's keirin 7 August 2012
97  Silver 2012 London Burling, PeterPeter Burling
Blair Tuke
Sailing 49er class 8 August 2012
98  Gold 2012 London Aleh, JoJo Aleh
Polly Powrie
Sailing Women's 470 10 August 2012
99  Silver 2012 London Walker, SarahSarah Walker Cycling Women's BMX 10 August 2012
100  Gold 2012 London Carrington, LisaLisa Carrington Canoeing Women's K-1 200 m 11 August 2012
101  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Rooney, NatalieNatalie Rooney Shooting Women's trap 7 August 2016
102  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro rugby sevens team, New Zealand women'sNew Zealand women's rugby sevens team
Shakira Baker   Kayla McAlister
Kelly Brazier   Tyla Nathan-Wong
Gayle Broughton   Terina Te Tamaki
Theresa Fitzpatrick   Ruby Tui
Sarah Goss   Niall Williams
Huriana Manuel   Portia Woodman
Rugby sevens Women's tournament 8 August 2016
103  Gold 2016 Rio de Janeiro Bond, HamishHamish Bond
Eric Murray
Rowing Men's coxless pair 11 August 2016
104  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Jones, LuukaLuuka Jones Canoeing Women's slalom K-1 11 August 2016
105  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Dawkins, EddieEddie Dawkins
Ethan Mitchell
Sam Webster
Cycling Men's team sprint 11 August 2016
106  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Behrent, GenevieveGenevieve Behrent
Rebecca Scown
Rowing Women's coxless pair 12 August 2016
107  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Adams, ValerieValerie Adams Athletics Women's shot put 12 August 2016
108  Gold 2016 Rio de Janeiro Drysdale, MahéMahé Drysdale Rowing Men's single sculls 13 August 2016
109  Gold 2016 Rio de Janeiro Carrington, LisaLisa Carrington Canoeing Women's K-1 200 m 16 August 2016
110  Bronze 2016 Rio de Janeiro Meech, SamSam Meech Sailing Laser 16 August 2016
111  Bronze 2016 Rio de Janeiro Carrington, LisaLisa Carrington Canoeing Women's K-1 500 m 18 August 2016
112  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Aleh, JoJo Aleh
Polly Powrie
Sailing Women's 470 18 August 2016
113  Gold 2016 Rio de Janeiro Burling, PeterPeter Burling
Blair Tuke
Sailing Men's 49er 18 August 2016
114  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Maloney, AlexAlex Maloney
Molly Meech
Sailing Women's 49erFX 18 August 2016
115  Bronze 2016 Rio de Janeiro Walsh, TomasTomas Walsh Athletics Men's shot put 18 August 2016
116  Bronze 2016 Rio de Janeiro McCartney, ElizaEliza McCartney Athletics Women's pole vault 19 August 2016
117  Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Ko, LydiaLydia Ko Golf Women's individual 20 August 2016
118  Bronze 2016 Rio de Janeiro Willis, NickNick Willis Athletics Men's 1500 metres 20 August 2016

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

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. ^ [1][dead link]
  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 2017-03-08. 
  4. ^ a b "coxless pair (2-) men - Olympic Rowing". Olympic.org. Retrieved 2017-03-08.