Birmingham 2022 will go down in history as New Zealand’s most golden Commonwealth Games.
Cyclist Aaron Gate took the country’s total to 18 gold medals when he sprinted to win the men’s road race on Sunday, having previously won gold three times on the track.
That surpassed Auckland’s record 17 home wins in 1990, which has been New Zealand’s record for the past 32 years.
The total then rose to 19 when Paul Coll and Joelle King beat Adrian Waller and Alison Waters of England to win mixed doubles squash gold later on Sunday. [Monday NZ time].
That could develop further when King and Amanda Landers-Murphy take on English duo Waters and Sarah-Jane Perry in the women’s doubles squash final. [10pm Monday NZ time].
Gate’s four medals made his Games the most successful by a New Zealand individual.
Track cyclist Ellesse Andrews had already won three gold medals, in the team and individual sprint events and the keirin.
A total of 17 different athletes have won New Zealand’s 19 gold medals to date.
Eight came on the cycle track and five in the pool, while there were two in athletics and squash, and one in mountain biking and one in road cycling.
In total, New Zealand has 48 medals at these Games, including 12 silver and 17 bronze alongside 19 gold.
Another medal is guaranteed in squash, be it gold or silver, meaning the total should end at 49.
This will make Birmingham 2022 New Zealand’s most successful Games, after Auckland 1990, where there were a total of 58 medals, and Auckland 1950, where there were 54.
New Zealand Golden Games
Swimming: Dame Sophie Pascoe in the Women’s S9 100m Freestyle
Track cycling: Aaron Gate, Jordan Kerby, Tom Sexton and Campbell Stewart in the men’s team pursuit
Track cycling: Rebecca Petch, Olivia King and Ellesse Andrews in the women’s team sprint
Track cycling: Ellesse Andrews in the women’s sprint
Track cycling: Bryony Botha in the women’s 3000m individual pursuit
Track cycling: Aaron Gate in the men’s 4000m individual pursuit
Swimming: Lewis Clareburt in the men’s 400m medley
track cycling: Corbin Strong in the men’s 15 km scratch
Swimming: Lewis Clareburt in the men’s 200m butterfly
Swimming: Joshua Willmer in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB8
Swimming: Andrew Jeffcoat in the men’s 50m backstroke
Track cycling: Ellesse Andrews in the women’s keirin
Track cycling: Aaron Gate in the men’s 40km points race
Mountain bike: Sam Gaze in the men’s cross country final
To crush: Paul Coll in the men’s singles
Athletics: Hamish Kerr in the men’s high jump
Athletics: Tom Walsh in the men’s shot put
Road cycling: Aaron Gate in the men’s road race
To crush: Paul Coll and Joelle King in mixed doubles