Who were the first male and female Olympic gold medalists from New Zealand?
#50181. Asked by Mchieng. (Aug 10 04 5:16 PM)
For the 1908 Games in London and the 1912 Games in Stockholm, New Zealand athletes teamed up with Australian competitors to compete under the banner 'Australasia'. The first Olympic medal ever won by a New Zealander was as an 'Australasian' representative. Harry Kerr won a bronze medal for the 3500 metres walk in 1908.
New Zealand's first Olympic gold medallist was swimmer Malcolm Champion. Champion was a member of the Australasian 4x200 metre relay team which won the gold at Stockholm in 1912, breaking the world record.
New Zealand's first individual gold medal was won at the Amsterdam Olympic Games in 1928. Boxer Ted Morgan won gold in the welterweight class at the Amsterdam Olympics. Morgan took first prize as a virtual unknown and fought under the handicap of a dislocated little finger.
Yvette Williams was the first New Zealand woman to win an Olympic gold medal, winning the long jump at the Helsinki Games in 1952.
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