NEW Zealand has taken top spot in the per capita medal table at the London Paralympic Games.
New Zealand won 17 medals at the 10-day event – six gold, seven silver and four bronze.
That compares to 12 at Beijing, and third on the per capita table.
The Kiwi team was also ranked third on the gold medals per team member table, based on their 24 athletes.
Fiji, who won one gold in the high jump, was first, followed by powerhouse China.
New Zealand team chef de mission Duane Kale was delighted with the result.
Their goal had been to improve by one place.
”This is great news, we set a target of going one better than Beijing, but to get to first in one games cycle was very unexpected,” he told Fairfax NZ.
Kale said the sports that delivered all bar one of New Zealand’s 17 medals had been targeted with greater investment over the past Paralympic cycle.
“Swimming and cycling have delivered what we thought they were capable of. We identified them following Beijing and it’s been pleasing to see that come to fruition.”
Most of the Kiwi athletes and support staff arrive home tomorrow.
Multiple medallists Sophie Pascoe (six), Mary Fisher (four), and Laura Thompson and Phillipa Gray (three) will remain in Auckland tomorrow and travel to their hometowns on Thursday.