New Zealand tipped for Rio Olympics top 10 with 23 medals
New Zealand are tipped to sneak into the top 10 on the medal table for the Rio Olympics, according to a Dutch analytics company.
Infostrada, who use an algorithm to rank athletes and teams in each Olympic event based on recent competition results, predict New Zealand will win 23 medals overall - nine golds, seven silver and seven bronze.
That would place New Zealand 10th on the gold medal list behind USA, China, Russia, Germany, Australia, Great Britain, France, Japan and South Korea.
If the prediction is correct, it would make Rio, New Zealand's most successful Olympics yet.
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The country's biggest previous gold medal haul was in Los Angeles in 1984, where they won eight golds.
At the 2012 London Olympics, New Zealand captured 13 medals, six golds, two silver and five bronze. It finished 15th in the overall standings.
New Zealand were dubbed the "one to watch" in Rio by international news magazine, The Economist, a publication with 1.5 million circulation.
They said the country was the "most likely to deliver a positive surprise at the Games."
"The debut of rugby sevens is sure to benefit New Zealand, the world's rugby powerhouse."
The Economist said winning 23 medals would once again show how well New Zealand punches above their weight in sport.
"[That] is a remarkable feat, given that their economy is one-seventh the size of the smallest country ahead of them."
Infostrada predict the USA will finish top with 95 medals, followed by China with 84 and Russia with 70.
Australia are backed to win 38 medals in Rio, including 15 golds, 14 silver and nine bronzes.