Full Olympic medal analysis

So, the Olympics are over. And here’s a full analysis of the 958 medals won.

In terms of the traditional measure of number of gold medals won, China take the honours with 51, followed by the USA (36), Russia (23) and Great Britain (19). The same order is maintained for the top four if you base it on a scoring method of three for a gold, two for a silver and one for a bronze, China scoring 223 points, USA 220, Russia 72 and Great Britain 47. If you forget the medals’ colour and base it purely on the medal count, then the USA (110) and China (100) switch places, Russia (72) and Great Britain (47) remaining in third and fourth respectively.

If instead you look at medals compared to countries’ populations, then it’s a different story. The Bahamas’ two medals equate to one for every 165,500 people. Jamaica come second (eleven medals; one per 246,727 people); Iceland third (one medal; one per 316,252 people), with the top five rounded off with Slovenia (five medals; one per 405,800) and Australia (46 medals; one per 444,221). The least successful of the 87 medal-winning countries by this measure were India (three medals, one per 376,622,051), Vietnam (one; 85,262,356), Egypt (one; 75,231,000), South Africa (one; 47,850,700) and Indonesia (five; 46,938,799).

Excluding relatively trivial examples (denominators less than seven), the most successful countries in terms of percentage golds were Ethiopia (57%; four of seven), Jamaica (55%; six of eleven), China (51%; 51 of 100), Romania (four of eight), the Netherlands (44%; seven of 16), South Korea (42%; 13 of 31) and Great Britain (42%; 19 of 47).


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