New Zealand at the 1968 Summer Olympics

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New Zealand at the
1968 Summer Olympics
Flag of New Zealand.svg
IOC code NZL
NOC New Zealand Olympic Committee
in Mexico City
Competitors 52 (47 men, 5 women) in 8 sports
Flag bearer Don Oliver (weightlifting)
Ranked 27th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 0 2 3
Officials 16
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Australasia (1908 · 1912)

New Zealand competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. 52 competitors, 47 men and 5 women, took part in 26 events in 8 sports.[1]


Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Cole, WarrenWarren Cole
Ross Collinge
Simon Dickie
Dick Joyce
Dudley Storey
Rowing Men's coxed four
 Bronze Ryan, MikeMike Ryan Athletics Men's marathon
 Bronze Ballinger, IanIan Ballinger Shooting Mixed 50 metre rifle, prone


Men's 3.000m steeplechase

Men's marathon

Men's discus throw:

  • Robin Tait
    • Qualifying round — 58.88 m
    • Final — 57.68 m (→ 12th place)


Five cyclists represented New Zealand in 1968.

Individual road race
Team time trial


Men's team competition:

  • New Zealand — 9th place
    • Beat Belgium 2–1
    • Beat Great Britain 2–1
    • Beat Mexico 7–0
    • Drew with Australia 0–0
    • Drew with Kenya 2–2
    • Drew with Poland 3–3
    • Lost to The Netherlands 0–2
    • Lost to India 2–3


In 1968, New Zealand entered boats in two of the seven events:[2] men's coxed four[3] and men's coxed eight.[4] The competition was for men only; women would first row at the 1976 Summer Olympics.[5]

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semi-finals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Warren Cole
Ross Collinge
Dick Joyce
Dudley Storey
Simon Dickie
Coxed four 7:12.19 1 QS Bye 6:48.65 1 FA 6:45.62 1st, gold medalist(s)
Alan Webster
Wybo Veldman
Alistair Dryden
John Hunter
Mark Brownlee
John Gibbons
Tom Just
Gil Cawood
Robert Page (cox)
Coxed eight 6:05.62 1 FA Bye N/A 6:10.43 4



Two male shooters represented New Zealand in 1968 with Ian Ballinger winning a bronze medal.

Mixed 50 m rifle, prone




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