Carrington, Mahe NZ's favourite moments

23:16, Sep 13 2012
Lisa Carrington
Lisa Carrington celebrates her gold medal on the podium.
Lisa Carrington
The New Zealand golden girl gives the thumbs up to her supporters.
Lisa Carrington
New Zealand's Lisa Carrington and Great Britain's Jess Walker, who finished seventh in the final.
Lisa Carrington
Lisa Carrington powered home in 44.638 seconds at Eton Lake.
Lisa Carrington
Lisa Carrington shows off her gold medal, New Zealand's fifth in London.
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Lisa Carrington reacts after crossing the finish line at the front.
Lisa Carrington
New Zealand's Lisa Carrington, with gold, along with silver medalist Inna Osypenko-Radomska of Ukraine and bronze medalist Natasa Douchev-Janics from Hungary.
Lisa Carrington
Lisa Carrington powers down the course in lane four.

Gold medal wins by rower Mahe Drysdale and kayaker Lisa Carrington were the most popular Olympic medal moments among New Zealanders surveyed by market research company Colmar Brunton.

In the poll of more than 1000 people, the wins by Carrington and Drysdale were each chosen by 19 per cent of respondents as their top New Zealand medal moment.

Third most popular, with 17 per cent, was the win in the men's pair by rowers Hamish Bond and Eric Murray.
 
Among those who voted for Carrington's win in the women's K1 200-metre event, 25 per cent said it was because she put in the effort, while 17 per cent put it down to her great smile, Colmar Brunton said.

It was thanks to that smile that Carrington's winning moment rated highest among males.

Respondents felt Drysdale deserved to win after illness and bad luck at previous Olympics.

The biggest Olympic Games disappointment was the drug cheating scandal which initially saw Belarusian Nadzeya Ostapchuk awarded the shot put gold ahead of New Zealander Valerie Adams.

The top sporting highlight overall was rowing, where New Zealand won three gold and two bronze medals. Altogether New Zealand won six gold, two silver and five bronze medals.

The poll also found that 21 per cent of those who responded felt none of the sports now at the Olympics should be removed, although those aged 50 to 69 felt tennis should not be an Olympic sport.

While 28 per cent thought no other sports should be added, the inclusion of rugby sevens - which will happen at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro - was rated highly among those aged 60 to 69.

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Hamish Bond and Eric Murray celebrate after winning gold in the men's pair at Eton Dorney.
Bond and Murray
Hamish Bond and Eric Murray are congratulated by the Great Britain rowers after winning gold in the men's pair at Eton Dorney.
Bond and Murray
Hamish Bond and Eric Murray celebrate after winning gold in the men's pair at Eton Dorney.
Bond and Murray
Mahe Drysdale wins gold in his final in the men's single sculls at Eton Dorney.
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Mahe Drysdale feels the agony once more but with gold this time at the London Olympics 2012.
Bond and Murray
Mahe Drysdale feels the agony once more but with gold this time at the London Olympics 2012.
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New Zealand rowing pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray celebrate their gold medals.
Bond and Murray
New Zealand rowing pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray celebrate their gold medals.
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Hamish Bond and Eric Murray celebrate after winning gold in the men's pair at Eton Dorney.
Bond and Murray
Eric Murray celebrates after winning gold in the men's pair at Eton Dorney.
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Eric Murray show the relief after winning gold in the men's pair at Eton Dorney.
Bond and Murray
Eric Murray show the relief after winning gold in the men's pair at Eton Dorney.
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Eric Murray with his son Zac after winning the gold.
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Mahe Drysdale relaxes with a well earned burger after scoring the rowing gold.
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Gold medalists from left: Eric Murray, Mahe Drysdale and Hamish Bond carry bronze medalist Juliette Haigh near Eton Dorney, London.
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Andrej Synek (Cze) and Alan Campbell (GBR) hold up New Zealand's gold medal winner Mahe Drysdale after the medal ceremony.

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