Tokyo Olympics: New Zealand climbs into top three for medals per capita after Lisa Carrington kayaking dominance

New Zealand continues to march up the per capita medal table at the Tokyo Olympics, sitting third after Lisa Carrington secured her fifth Games medal. 

Carrington, winning her fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal, blitzed the women's kayak single 200m on Tuesday. She followed that up in the K2 500 with her second gold in as many hours, joined by Caitlin Regal.

The wins have taken New Zealand's medal tally to 15; six gold, four silver and five bronze.

Only ahead of New Zealand on the medals per capita table is Bermuda (population 63,918) with one medal and San Marino (population 33,931) with two medals (one medal per 16,965 people).

The top five are rounded out by Fiji and Slovenia.

New Zealand also makes the top five of gold medals per capita, only behind Kosovo, Fiji and Bermuda (1st).

In the overall medal tally, New Zealand sits 10th with China, the US and Japan top of the pack.

Lisa Carrington (front) and Caitlin Regal.
Lisa Carrington (front) and Caitlin Regal. Photo credit: Getty Images

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