Tokyo Olympics: New Zealand breaks into top five for medals per capita after rowing dominance

New Zealand has stormed into the top five countries for medals per capita at the Tokyo Olympics after a strong showing on Friday in the rowing events.

Emma Twigg, who finished fourth at the last two Olympic Games, had a commanding lead in the women's single sculls final, claiming gold on Friday afternoon.

The win was followed minutes later by the New Zealand women's rowing eight securing a silver in the Olympic final.

The men's rowing eight then stormed to the finish line, holding off favoured crew Germany to claim another gold.

The wins have taken New Zealand's medal tally to seven, comprising three gold, three silver and one bronze, and have propelled the nation into the top five countries for medals per capita.

According to the website Medals Per Capita, with a population of 4,595,700, New Zealand now has one medal per 656,528 people.

Ahead of New Zealand is Estonia in fourth place - the country has won two medals equalling one medal per 655,999 people - then Slovenia in third with four medals with one medal per 515,942 people.

Bermuda has one medal with a population of 65,235, while San Marino takes the first spot with one medal against a population of 31,781.

The top 10 is rounded out by Fiji, Kosovo, Mongolia, Croatia and Australia.

New Zealand also makes the top 10 at number six of gold medals per capita, behind Bermuda (1st), Fiji (2nd), Kosovo (3rd), Slovenia (4th) and Estonia (5th).

However, in the overall medal tally, New Zealand is sitting in 14th with major nations US, China and Russia taking out the top three spots.

There will be even more opportunities for New Zealand to increase our medal tally on Friday, with tennis doubles Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell playing for bronze at 6pm.

Other Kiwi Olympians are also in action including several sailing crews and the Black Ferns Sevens are playing their final pool game.