New Zealand at the 1968 Summer Olympics
New Zealand at the 1968 Summer Olympics was represented by a team of 52 competitors, 47 men and five women, who took part in 26 events across eight sports. Selection of the team for the Games in Mexico City, Mexico, was the responsibility of the New Zealand Olympic and British Commonwealth Games Association. New Zealand's flagbearer at the opening ceremony was Don Oliver. The New Zealand team finished 27th on the medal table, winning a total of three medals, one of which was gold.
|New Zealand at the|
1968 Summer Olympics
|NOC||New Zealand Olympic and British Commonwealth Games Association|
|in Mexico City|
|Competitors||52 (47 men, 5 women) in 8 sports|
|Flag bearer||Don Oliver (weightlifting)|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
|Rowing||Men's coxed four||19 October|
|Ian Ballinger||Shooting||Mixed 50 metre rifle, prone||19 October|
|Mike Ryan||Athletics||Men's marathon||20 October|
|Medals by sport|
|Medals by gender|
|Mixed / open||0||0||1||1|
Track and road
|Roger Johnson||Men's 400 m hurdles||51.3||2 Q||51.8||7||Did not advance|
|Rex Maddaford||Men's 5000 m||14:20.8||4 Q||N/A||14:39.8||10|
|Men's 10,000 m||N/A||30:17.2||12|
|Evan Maguire||Men's 10,000 m||N/A||DNF|
|Dave McKenzie||Men's marathon||N/A||2:43:36||37|
|Sylvia Potts||Women's 800 m||2:09.6||4 Q||2:07.2||6||Did not advance|
|Mike Ryan||Men's marathon||N/A||2:23:45|
|Peter Welsh||Men's 3000 m steeplechase||9:13.8||6||N/A||Did not advance|
- Ranks given are within the heat
- Ranks given are within the semifinal
Five cyclists represented New Zealand in 1968.
- Team roster
- Group A
|7||6||0||1||20||4||12||Advance to semi-finals|
|7||5||1||1||15||5||11||Advance to semi-finals|
|7||3||4||0||10||8||10||5th–8th place classification|
|7||2||3||2||7||5||7||5th–8th place classification|
|7||3||1||3||14||9||7||9th / 10th place play-off|
|7||2||2||3||7||10||6||11th / 12th place play-off|
|7||1||1||5||4||14||3||13th / 14th place play-off|
|7||0||0||7||2||26||0||15th / 16th place play-off|
- 5th–8th Classification matches
- 7th / 8th Place play-off
New Zealand finished the men's field hockey tournament in seventh place.
In 1968, New Zealand entered boats in two of the seven events: men's coxed four and men's coxed eight. The competition was for men only; women would first row at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Simon Dickie (cox)
|Coxed four||7:12.19||1 QS||Bye||6:48.65||1 FA||6:45.62|
Robert Page (cox)
|Coxed eight||6:05.62||1 FA||Bye||N/A||6:10.43||4|
|Athlete||Event||Race||Net points||Final rank|
Geoffrey Smale (helm)
Two male shooters represented New Zealand in 1968 with Ian Ballinger winning a bronze medal.
|Athlete||Event||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Round 6||Total||Rank|
|Ian Ballinger||Mixed 50 m rifle, prone||98||100||100||99||100||100||597|
|Stew Nairn||Mixed 50 m rifle, prone||99||99||98||100||98||100||594||12|
|Pru Chapman||Women's 100 m backstroke||1:15.2||32||Did not advance|
|Women's 200 m individual medley||2:42.1||=23||N/A||Did not advance|
|Tui Shipston||Women's 200 m individual medley||2:35.5||9||N/A||Did not advance|
|Women's 400 m individual medley||5:33.7||=7 Q||N/A||5:34.6||7|
|Women's 800 m freestyle||10:28.0||19||N/A||Did not advance|
|Glenda Stirling||Women's 100 m backstroke||1:10.2||=7 Q||1:10.1||8 Q||1:10.6||8|
|Women's 200 m backstroke||2:40.3||22||N/A||Did not advance|
|Sandra Whittleston||Women's 100 m butterfly||1:08.5||=9 Q||1:08.7||12||Did not advance|
|Women's 200 m butterfly||2:39.7||=11||N/A||Did not advance|
|Women's 4 x 100 m medley relay||4:49.0||11||N/A||Did not advance|
|Athlete||Event||Press||Snatch||Clean & Jerk||Total||Rank|
|John Bolton||Men's light heavyweight||137.5||=11||122.5||16||160.0||=15||420.0||16|
|Don Oliver||Men's heavyweight||147.5||13||142.5||=9||200.0||5||490.0||8|
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- "New Zealand Rowing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
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