The 1984 Los Angeles Olympics saw New Zealand win medals for the first time in canoeing and equestrian. Mark Todd, aboard Charisma won gold in the individual three day event. Canoeists Ian Ferguson and Paul MacDonald won five gold medals between them in three events. Ferguson won gold in the K1 500 metres, teamed with MacDonald for the gold in the K2 500 and with MacDonald, Grant Bramwell and Alan Thompson for a gold in the K4 1000 metres. Thompson won the gold in the K1 1000. Yachting produced a couple of gold medals from Russell Coutts in the Finn Class and Rex Sellars and Chris Timms in the Tornado. Bruce Kendall won the bronze in the boardsailing. Rowing again produced the goods with the coxless four winning gold while the coxed four took the bronze. Rounding it all off was boxer Kevin Barry who claimed the silver medal in the light heavyweight division.