New Zealand comes first in medals per capita Paralympic score board

Sophie Pascoe celebrates after winning a gold medal in the Women's 100m Backstroke S10 final on day 3 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Photo / Getty
Sophie Pascoe celebrates after winning a gold medal in the Women's 100m Backstroke S10 final on day 3 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Photo / Getty

New Zealand has won the most medals per capita at the Rio Paralympics, so far.

This comes after a successful weekend with a swag of podium finishes.

New Zealand tops the list with 13 medals, the equivalent of 2.87 medals per million. Which is more than double the rate of Australia who sit on 1.42 medals per million. Cape Verde is second on the per capita table and the Netherlands is in third place.

Kiwi athletes have picked up seven gold, three silver, and three bronze medals so far. New Zealand is aiming to win 18 medals, including 12 gold, according to Paralympics NZ.

New Zealand also ranks in at first place on the gold medals per capita table, ahead of Latvia in second and Slovakia in third. New Zealand has won the equivalent of 1.55 gold medals per million population, more than three times the rate of Great Britain on 0.43 gold medals per million.

Today, swimmer Cameron Leslie won gold in the men's 150m individual medley race SM4.

Fellow swimmer Sophie Pascoe won another gold medal in the women's 100m butterfly S10.

Sprinter Liam Malone also won gold in the men's 200m sprint T43/44.

Nikita Howarth won a bronze in the women's 50m butterfly S7.

On day four of the competition Kiwi cyclists Emma Foy and her sighted pilot Laura Thompson won silver in the women's 3000m individual pursuit.

Earlier, Sophie Pascoe won gold in the women's 100m backstroke S10. Mary Fisher took gold in world-record time in the women's 100m backstroke S11. Sophie Pascoe then went on to dominate the women's 200m individual medley SM10, taking gold and breaking her own world record.

In athletics, Malone won silver in the men's 100m final. Rory McSweeney won bronze in the men's javelin.

New Zealand has 31 athletes at the Rio Paralympics and hopes to retain the title of top medals per capita, achieved in London four years ago. Between them, the 2016 team has secured 23 world championships titles and 11 world records since 2012.

- NZ Herald

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