Kiwis getting one up on the Aussies in Glasgow

Last updated 15:15 28/07/2014
Sam Webster
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TASTE OF SUCCESS: Sam Webster has a nibble on his second Commonwealth gold of the Glasgow Games.

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Australia may have won the most medals at the Commonwealth Games so far, but New Zealand is beating its trans-Tasman rival once population is considered.

A Statistics New Zealand medal tally, taking into account the size of each country's population, shows the Isle of Man is top of the table with its silver medal due to its 85,000 residents.

New Zealand - which has six gold medals, five silvers, and 10 bronzes - is fifth on the population-based leaderboard, after Wales, Scotland and Samoa.

Population statistics manager Vina Cullum said a country like India, with well over 1 billion people, could do quite well on a traditional medal table, but it would be "impossible for them to catch the Isle of Man on our population-based table".

The self-governing British island had effectively won twice as many medals per head as the next country on the table.

"What the weekend's results show is that a small country can make a big splash on our table with just one medal."

The government department will update its leaderboard online every day during the Games.

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