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.
- Fairfax Media
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