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New Zealand at Rio 2016

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I thought I would start a topic dedicated to Team New Zealand at the 2016 Olympic Games. 199 New Zealand athletes have been selected for Rio which makes it New Zealand's biggest team ever to go to the games. 

The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) has confirmed a team of 199 athletes, 99 men and 100 women, to compete in twenty sports. It will be the largest delegation sent to the Olympics, surpassing the 184 athletes sent to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Rowing has the largest delegation with 36 competitors; diving, judo, taekwondo and wrestling have the smallest delegations with only one competitor each. Seventy-two competitors have competed at previous Summer Olympics.

As of 19 July 2016, the team has been finalised, however the Sports Tribunal is considering an appeal from marathon runner Paul Martelletti.

Sport Men Women Total
Total 99 100 199
Athletics 8 6 14
Canoeing 2 6 8
Cycling 12 8 20
Diving 0 1 1
Equestrian 3 2 5
Field hockey 16 16 32
Football 0 18 18
Golf 2 1 3
Gymnastics 2 1 3
Judo 0 1 1
Rowing 22 14 36
Rugby sevens 12 12 24
Sailing 7 5 12
Shooting 1 2 3
Swimming 6 3 9
Taekwondo 0 1 1
Tennis 2 0 2
Triathlon 2 2 4
Weightlifting 1 1 2
Wrestling 1 0 1

New Zealand has multiple medal chances across many sports with rowing expected to be the best performing sport again. Predictions are that New Zealand could win up to 25 medals which would be New Zealand's best performance ever surpassing the 13 medals won in Seoul and London 2012. 




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Just a couple of days away from the first New Zealanders competing at Rio. The womens football team will take on World Number 1 US team. Its a tough start for the Kiwi team at Rio. Mahe Drysdale will be the first Kiwi to compete on day one in the men's rowing single sculls. The rowers and equestrian team will showcase day one of competition for New Zealand. 

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