About the Games
The New Zealand Team has wrapped its Tokyo Olympic Games campaign, bringing home more medals than ever before.
The team departs Tokyo with 20 medals – 7 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze. The total surpassing the previous record medal tally of 18, set by the team that competed in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The most gold medals New Zealand has ever won at an Olympics is eight, in Los Angeles in 1984. This team to Tokyo team is next with 7, followed by the team in London in 2012 which won 6.
The medals were won across 11 sports, including gymnastics (trampolining) for the first time. Eleven of the 20 medals were won by women.
By winning five medals in Tokyo, three of them gold, rowing confirmed itself as New Zealand’s most successful Olympic sport in terms of medals, with 29, followed by athletics (26), sailing (23) and canoeing (15).
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"New Zealand Rowing is embarking on an exciting chapter of sporting history. We are delighted with the performances of our athletes leading into the Olympic Games. The level will step up significantly for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but we're thrilled to have medalled in seven Olympic events at the 2015 World Championships." - Alan Cotter, Rowing New Zealand High Performance Director
Our kiwi rowing stars have included:
The men’s eight who won gold at the Munich Olympics in 1972
Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell with two Olympic golds in the double scull (2004, 2008)
Rob Waddell (2000) and Mahe Drysdale (2012) who both won Olympic gold in the single scull
The gold medal winners at the London Olympics – Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen in the double scull, and Eric Murray and Hamish Bond in the coxless pair.