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2016 Summer Olympics Medal Count

Name the countries that won the most medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Last updated: August 22, 2016
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Medals
Country
121
United States
70
China
67
Great Britain
56
Russia
42
France
42
Germany
41
Japan
Medals
Country
29
Australia
28
Italy
22
Canada
21
South Korea
19
Brazil
19
Netherlands
18
Azerbaijan
Medals
Country
18
New Zealand
17
Spain
17
Kazakhstan
15
Denmark
15
Hungary
13
Kenya
13
Uzbekistan
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level 72
Aug 22, 2016
Happy with NZs 18 medals given our population. Tremendous effort.
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level 49
Aug 22, 2016
Should have had another one at the rugby sevens ..
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level 71
Aug 24, 2016
Here's the highest medals-per-capita quiz, showing (out of the countries in this quiz) New Zealand ranks number one. If we had as many people as the US of A, we would have got 285 golds, 642 silvers and 357 bronzes (worked out by dividing the US population by NZ's population). Since there were roughly 307 of each medal to be won, this would be impossible, something Kiwis manage as a matter of routine. Everyone, would you please now rise.
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level 65
Aug 22, 2016
Just a question: why do you use the total number of medals, instead of the more standard count by gold/silver/bronze?
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level 73
Aug 22, 2016
The list comes from the CBC -- Canada's public and Olympic broadcaster. Canada is really good at winning the bronze and has traditionally counted by total medals not golds. This Olympics was no different.
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level 65
Aug 24, 2016
Ok, thanks for the reply.
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level 28
Aug 24, 2016
I have one: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/172272/top-medalists-in-rio-2016 but it's for medalists
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level 73
Aug 22, 2016
I was surprised how often I saw Kazakhstan in the finals of various events. I didn't realize that they produced strong athletes. I guess when your only knowledge of the country is Borat, I suppose things may be a bit skewed against reality.
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level 58
Aug 24, 2016
Well they were one of two countries to bid to host the 2022 olympics, (they other being the winner, China. Therefore it can be observed perhaps Kazakhstan takes the olympics more seriously than many other countries.
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level 62
Aug 24, 2016
2022 Olympics? I suspect dodgy tickets for that one.
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level 49
Aug 24, 2016
Aren't Japan hosting 2020? China had them in 2008. 2022 is the World Cup in Qatar!
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level 63
Aug 24, 2016
2022 Winter Olympics to be hosted by China.
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level 60
Aug 24, 2016
They take it more seriously because they bid to host the Winter Olympics? Woudln't that be an argument for every country that ever bid to be a host? And wanting to host takes more than want. After all it is a huge money decision.
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level 49
Aug 24, 2016
Forgot about those! Sorry
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level 58
Aug 24, 2016
If I recall correctly, I think Kazakhstan (and Azerbaijan & Uzbekistan) have a pretty good group of athletes when it comes to weightlifting, boxing, and wrestling, and other such sports.
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level 73
Aug 24, 2016
The ex-USSR countries have maintained the strong sport organizations they inherited when the USSR broke up. And they tend to emphasize individual oriented sports which don't require a great deal of equipment and facilities (e.g. boxing, weightlifting, etc)
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level 44
Aug 24, 2016
@Jiaozira depends what sort of Cricket you mean, 20/20 cricket would work, it only takes about 3 hours per game.
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level 70
Oct 30, 2017
Cricket is awesome! I play it at my local pub all the time! ;-)
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level 58
Aug 22, 2016
For the full list, try this quiz. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/153595/rio-olympics-medal-winning-countries
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level 76
Aug 22, 2016
Surprised India doesn't receive more medals. I feel like with 1.2 Billion people, you should accidentally stumble across a few world class athletes.
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level 73
Aug 22, 2016
You would think but there needs to be political will and organization. And making cricket an Olympic sport might help.
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level 58
Aug 24, 2016
Cricket matches last too long for the olympics...
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level 42
Aug 24, 2016
Yeah, it would. In India with 1.2 billion people, there is a lot of competition with education; many colleges only accept students with 95% or above. People nowadays are shifting towards a mentality that education can only get you further in life, which is very true in a sense, but Indian parents are enforcing that on children from a very young age, keeping them slightly away from sports, games etc. There is not a complete stop, but India is an agricultural country, and it is very good to see their progress in not only agriculture, but technology, science, commerce, arts etc. Just sports is getting a little less support from Indians, except cricket, hockey, squash and table tennis, of course! The living standard is getting higher and higher. But now India is getting modernized, so in the future, there will hopefully be a rise in Olympic success by Indians. Every country has it's good and bad points. For India, it's Bollywood, but also pollution. There's technology, but not sports.
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level 75
Aug 24, 2016
Bollywood and pollution? Isn't that two bad points?
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level 67
Aug 24, 2016
As well as some points mentioned, In India there is a lack of facilities for most sports and where facilities exist the general public is unable to meet the costs involved. In USA, Australia, Europe just to mention three areas, there are Swimming Pools in just about every town, Gymnasiums in every town, Football grounds, tennis courts, boxing gyms, golf rinks, sports stadiums, velodromes etc. etc............ It is also financially possible, in those areas mentioned, for just about all young people to take part in any sport they fancy....... All schools have coaching and sporting facilities ...... and there are indoor facilities within easy distance if the weather is against outside practice... If those conditions applied to India it would not be long before their population would begin to raise their standing in world sports.
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level 77
Aug 24, 2016
Just as rugby had to go to their 7s code to make it work for the Olympics (traditional 15s tournament couldn't be done in 16 days), cricket could promote 20/20. I'm not advocating that since 20/20 seems to be little more than a batting contest/home run derby, but it's probably the only way that it happens.
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level 59
Aug 24, 2016
@kalbahamut Perhaps, but at least the former is lucrative.
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level 55
Aug 26, 2016
Even if cricket were an Olympic sport, there would be only 1 or 2 events, so it would do little more than make a dent for the Indians.
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level 71
Oct 7, 2016
Well let's make cricket more than 1 or 2 events then. The bloody swimmers get a squillion medals - swim 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, swim this way, that way, any way and before you know it the medal table is swimming with swimmers. Cricket: 20-overs-a-side, then 18-overs, 16-overs, 14-overs-a-side, one or 2-handed bat holding, mens & womens, left or right handed bowling, 3-stump, 1-stump, 5-stump, with umpires or without them.. that'll get the medal numbers up
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level 56
Aug 24, 2016
Both the US and UK teams were stunningly successful. China seems to be falling a bit.
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level 37
Aug 24, 2016
Britain really should aim to compete at the top with the US. If you don't aim high, what exactly is the point?
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level 58
Aug 24, 2016
I'm sure they do aim high, but a lot of the summer sports are events in which the USA has been building an infrastructure for decades. That's a lot of ground to make up. Swimming and gymnastics, for example, are events in which the U.S. is usually challenged only by Australia (swimming) and Russia or China (gymnastics). Once in a while, a country finds a generational athlete to challenge, but more often than not, it's about the country's support system for a given sport. The US did especially well this time around because so many Russian challengers were disqualified.
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level 73
Aug 24, 2016
For GB, their success is in part due to the legacy of the London games. Canada had the same boost in Sochi from hosting the winter games, four years prior. The US has a superb organizational structure in the NCAA. Canadian and Caribbean athletes especially leech off this structure for the support they wouldn't receive at home.
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level 82
Jun 16, 2017
@hwes, Sochi is in Russia, I think you mean Vancouver in 2010.
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level 73
Aug 24, 2016
I'm curious. Who is the girl in the picture?
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level 78
Aug 24, 2016
Katie Ledecky. US swimmer (but not a gas station destroyer).
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level 73
Aug 24, 2016
I wonder if Quizmaster could change it to Penny Oleksiak, a Canadian swimmer (who also doesn't destroy gas stations).
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level 72
Aug 24, 2016
Hopefully no gas station was harmed or destroyed during the creation and answering of these Olympic quizzes.
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level 67
Aug 24, 2016
Medals for East and West Germany should be counted separately.
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level 63
Aug 24, 2016
No time travelling is needed. I'm fine with being in 2016 and not in 1976
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level 58
Aug 24, 2016
Maybe that's fine for you. But what about Disco Stu? Did you even think about him?
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level 20
Aug 24, 2016
100% 2:54 remaining
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level 47
May 8, 2017
Nice. I had 2:41 left. Didn't think I was that fast.
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level 34
Jan 23, 2017
This is crazy to see that 75 years after WWII the dominant nations at the Olympics are still the five "winners" (and permanent members of the UN Security Council) and the two "losers" (Germany and Japan).
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level 70
Oct 30, 2017
If Chuck Norris participated in the Olympics as his own country, every country listed above would've gotten shut out!
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level 34
Feb 14, 2018
good for azerbaijan and uzbekistan i would of never of guessed them