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NZ win most Paralympic medals per capita

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/09/2016

William Stedman of New Zealand holds his bronze medal after taking third place in the Men's 800m T36 final at Rio. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images William Stedman of New Zealand holds his bronze medal after taking third place in the Men's 800m T36 final at Rio. New Zealand has won more Rio Paralympic medals than any other nation on earth per head of population.

The Kiwi Paralympic team return home on Thursday with a medal tally of 21, including nine golds, five silvers and seven bronze.

The total surpassed New Zealand's target of 18 medals and is the second-highest tally in Kiwi Paralympic history behind Atlanta in 1996.

No nation bettered New Zealand per capita on the medal count for the second consecutive Games, with the 31-strong team winning 4.64 medals for every million Kiwis.

That's one medal for every city the size of Invercargill.

The Netherlands were second per capita with 3.66 medals per million, while Australia finished third with 3.38 medals.

The Shaky Isles also finished first in the gold medal count per head of population, with a gold medal for every half-million Kiwis.

Overall, New Zealand ranked 13th on the Rio medal tally, beating their previous best of 16th at the Athens 2004 Games.

The team is due back in Auckland on Thursday and a welcome home event will be held on Friday at AUT Millenium on the North Shore.

TOTAL MEDAL COUNT, PER MILLION OF POPULATION

1. New Zealand: 4.64 medals

2. Netherlands: 3.66 medals

3. Australia: 3.38 medals

4. Ukraine: 2.61 medals

5. Ireland: 2.35 medals.

GOLD MEDAL COUNT, PER MILLION OF POPULATION

1. New Zealand: 1.99 golds

2. Latvia: 1.01 golds

3. Netherlands: One gold

4. Great Britain: 0.99 golds

5. Slovakia: 0.92 golds.

(SOURCE: stats.govt.nz)

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