NZ tops Paralympics per capita medal table
Tue, 11 Sep 2012 8:57a.m.
New Zealand's haul of 17 medals from London's Paralympics has seen it top the medal table - when judged solely on population.
The team amassed six gold, seven silver and four bronze medals from the Games, placing it 21st on the medal table.
But Statistics NZ says when the medals are assessed on a per capita basis, New Zealand comes out on top with 3.89 medals per million people, just edging out Australia.
China, which won 231 medals at the Paralympics to top the traditional medal table, was 55th on the alternative table with 0.17 medals per million people.
In terms of gold medals per capita, New Zealand was fourth, with Iceland top after claiming one gold in London.
NZ Paralympics chef de mission Duane Kale said the team had hoped to rise one place from their third placing per capita in Beijing but it was "great news" that they had been able to do it in one Games cycle.
At the London Olympics, the 13 medals won by New Zealand put it fourth on the per capita medal table.
Most of the Paralympians will arrive back in Auckland on Wednesday morning.
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