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New Zealand

New Zealand flag
Capital
Wellington

Population
3,698,000

Independence
1907
National sports hero
Jonah Lomu (rugby union)

Watch out for
Sarah Ulmer (cycling)

Traditionally strong in shooting, cycling, swimming and gymnastics but New Zealand has had success in most sports down the years.

Ever-presents since 1930, they are fourth in the overall medal table with a total haul of 458, including 107 golds.

In 1998, a team of 222 won 35 medals.

Did you know?
Bruce McLaren, the man behind the McLaren Motorsport team, is from Auckland, New Zealand.

Already a successful Grand Prix driver, McLaren started his own team in 1966 and dominated the sport for the rest of the decade before his untimely death in a testing accident in 1970.

His company kept its founderís name and have won a record 19 F1 World Championships (11 drivers and eight constructors) to date.

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