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By the numbers: Oceania Athletes at the 2020 Olympic Games

By the numbers: Oceania Athletes at the 2020 Olympic Games

Oceania’s best Olympic Games since 1968 (by the World Athletics Placing Table)

See spreadsheet below for a full breakdown.

Area Records: Peter Bol (800m), Ashley Moloney (Decathlon), Nicola McDermott (High Jump), & Jessica Hull (1500m)

Medals: Silver: Nicola McDermott; Bronze: Ashley Moloney, Kelsey-Lee Barber, Valerie Adams, Tom Walsh

Top 8 Places:  4th: Matthew Denny (Discus), Peter Bol (800m); 5th: Brandon Starc, Elanor Patterson (High Jump); 6th: Jemima Montag (Race Walk), Linden Hall (1500m), Kath Mitchell (Javelin), Maddison-Lee Wesche (Shot Put); 7th: Brooke Stratton (Long Jump), Stewart McSweyn (1500m); 8th: Rhydian Cowley (Race Walks), Mackenzie Little (Javelin)

Nicola McDermott


High Jump

2.02m AR

Nicola McDermott has continued to raise the bar in her performances each year. If you look at her seasonal bests, it’s a credit to herself and her longtime coach Matt Horsnell that it has continued in an upwards direction.

Despite some setbacks along the way, her first Senior Australian Team came in 2017 at the London World Championships, where she didn’t clear a single bar in the qualifying round. Whilst earlier this year, she lost her Manager, Andy Stubbs, suddenly.
However, the 24-year-old uses her now-famous diary to stay in the moment and stay positive. She said after the competition, “I started today’s warm-up jumps and thought: ‘Oh, I’m going to get a Personal Best today,” McDermott said. “I knew I could sing out there and just have fun with all these women that I am so inspired by. I don’t think this is really going to hit until I get back to my room tonight.”

Valerie Adams


Shot Put


Dame Valerie Adams had written herself in more ways than one into the history books. The emotion was instant as she let out a scream of delight. As she soaked up the moment, at her fifth Olympics, 17 long years after her first in Athens, she then produced a photograph of her two children, son Kepaleli, 2, and daughter Kimoana, 3, to show the world. Dame Valerie told Sky Sport that all the sacrifices were worth it.

“This means so much more than winning my gold medals; I’ve worked so hard to be here today; I’ve worked so hard to put myself in a situation where I had the opportunity to try and win a medal for New Zealand.From the last Olympics to these Olympics, I’ve had two humans, and these two children inspire me. Throughout the competition, I kept looking up to the stand and imagining them there.


Ashley Moloney



8,649 AR

Ash Moloney, a phenomenal performance by the youngest man in the field, at just 21, is Oceania’s first decathlon Olympic or world championship medal in history – earning a bronze. Ash won Australia’s first athletics medal of the Tokyo Games, hanging tough through a gruelling second day to secure the Bronze Medal. The 21-year-old became the third-youngest Australian man to win an Olympic track and field medal, behind only high jumpers Tim Forsyth and Chilla Porter.

Moloney was in the medal positions through all 10 events; he set two new personal bests, equalled another and was on par with the rest. It came down to the final event; he needed a personal best in the 1500m to hold off the challengers for the bronze. In the gruelling 1500m, after 2 days of intense competition and when medals were on the line, Dubler kept an eye on Moloney, guiding him through the first 1100m, then with a lep to go, the experienced olympian and training partner, Cedric Dubler, earned Ash to lift. With a new 1500m PB, Ashley Moloney broke his own Area Record by 157 points to earn a total of 8,649 points.

Tom Walsh


Shot Put


Tomas Walsh has gone from the edge of elimination to the Olympic podium once again.

It was the first time in the 125-year history of the Olympics the podium was the same in an individual event with the same athletes in the same spots for consecutive Olympic Games. Gold to Ryan Crouser (23.30m Olympic Record, USA). Silver to Joe Kovacs (22.65m, USA) and Bronze to Tomas Walsh (22.47m – NZL).

Third place completed a dramatic reversal of fortunes for Walsh, whose Olympic dream looked to have ended in heartbreak during Tuesday night’s qualification. But having eventually had his third, and pivotal qualifying effort counted – after an initial foul was successfully reviewed, a process that Walsh joked took a few years off his life – the 29-year-old enjoyed a much less stressful final at Olympic Stadium.

Kelsey-Lee Barber




Kelsey-Lee Barber has a reputation for being a clutch thrower and performing when it counts. Clutch it was in the qualification rounds, securing her spot in the final on the third throw.

The final did not disappoint; the Australian star saved her best for last by launching her javelin 64.56m on the sixth and final attempt. Barber broke down immediately after clinching the bronze, hugging her husband and coach, Mike Barber. She was already guaranteed bronze heading into that last throw but still had a chance to sneak up into silver. She fell just 6cm short of second place but was rightfully ecstatic to finish third.

Claiming the bronze medal with a Season’s Best. To top it off, an Oceania First; Three individuals finishing top 8 in a field event at an Olympics – Phenomenal effort by the trio of Aussie Women; 6th Kathryn MITCHELL (61.82) and 8th Mackenzie LITTLE (59.96).

Best Result by Oceania Athlete by Place at the Olympic Games in their Event:

Decathlon Ash Moloney AUS 3
Discus Throw Matt Denny AUS 4
Shot Put Tomas Walsh NZL 3
High Jump Nicola McDermott AUS 2

Best Performances by Oceania at Olympic Games in their Event:

Discus throw Matt Denny AUS 67.02
Shot put Tomas Walsh NZL 22.47
100 Rohan Browning AUS 10.01
800 Peter Bol NZL 1.44.11
1500 Stewart McSweyn AUS 3.31.91
Hammer Throw Julia Ratcliff NZL 73.2
High Jump Nicola McDermott AUS 2.02
1500 Jessica Hull AUS 3.58.81
High Jump Brandon Starc AUS 2.35