NZ tops per capita medal count

Dave Williams, NZ Newswire August 6, 2012, 12:06 pm

More than halfway through the London Olympics, New Zealand sits atop the much-hyped, at least locally, medal per head of population table.

Boosted by a swag of rowing gongs, and now with seven medals, New Zealand heads off Slovenia, Denmark, Australia and Jamaica in the top five and we now boast one medal per 277,000 people.

And according to the website, set up by New Zealander Craig Nevill-Manning, who is an engineering director for Google in New York, with three gold medals, we are also top of the gold medals per capita table.

Australia is fourth and 27th respectively.

New Zealand also leads the weighted medals table, which is calculated on values assigned to each colour of medal.

However, we are only 10th in gross domestic product per medal, where we have one medal for each $US18.7 billion of GDP. To top that table we would have to somehow overtake, if we wanted to, Ethiopia, North Korea, Mongolia and Moldova.

Mr Nevill-Manning's website calculates the medals per capita right back to the first modern Games in 1896.

He said he set it up so people could quickly answer the question of who leads the world in medals per capita and other categories.

"My bias? I'm originally from New Zealand, which has consistently been in the top half-dozen or so countries for total medals and gold medals per capita."

Sports psychologist Karen Nimmo saw no problem with New Zealanders turning to statistics to evaluate Olympic performance.

New Zealand always did rather well in such comparisons and she did not see it as the country trying to justify itself, she told NZ Newswire.

"It's good. If anything that makes the country feel good, why not? If you can make the stats work for you, well and good."

Newest First
Oldest First
Top Rated
Most Replies


  1. robert10:18am Thursday 09th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    THis must have been before Grenada.

    1 Reply



2015 Super Rugby Tournament

2014/15 Aviva Premiership (ENG)

2015 Super Rugby Tournament

2014/15 Aviva Premiership (ENG)

2015 Super Rugby Tournament


2015 International Tests

6:45am NZST Fri, 29th May

2015 Super Rugby Tournament

7:35pm NZST Fri, 29th May
9:40pm NZST Fri, 29th May
5:10am NZST Sat, 30th May
7:35pm NZST Sat, 30th May
9:40pm NZST Sat, 30th May



2015 NRL State of Origin

ANZ Stadium


2015 NRL Premiership Season

9:45pm NZST Fri, 29th May
5:00pm NZST Sat, 30th May
7:30pm NZST Sat, 30th May
9:30pm NZST Sat, 30th May



2015 Hopman Cup XXVII

2015 French Open

2:00am NZST Wed, 27th May
2:00am NZST Wed, 27th May
2:00am NZST Wed, 27th May
2:00am NZST Wed, 27th May
2:00am NZST Wed, 27th May
2:00am NZST Wed, 27th May



2014/15 Australian W-League

ET (02:00)
Melbourne 0 (4)
Canberra 0 (4)
Kardinia Park Live Scores

2015 AFC Champions League

H1 (00:05)
Osaka Expo '70 Stadium Live Scores


2015 AFC Champions League

28 May 1:50am
28 May 3:45am

2014/15 UEFA Europa League

28 May 4:45am