We’re more than halfway through the 2016 Olympics (time flies when you’re wagging fingers) so Fox Sports looked at the medal count as it stood Monday morning, saw the U.S. at the top, sung the Star-Spangled Banner and came up with a few facts about the overall Rio medal tally with less than a week remaining in the Summer Games.
1. Brazil is having a historically bad Olympics
Though far from done, Brazil’s performance at is home Olympics is bordering on disaster. It’s one of the certainties of the Summer Games: The host nation has a historically good performance. Since 1988 every host nation has finished higher than they had in any modern Olympics: 1988 South Korea (4th), 1992 Spain (6th), 1996 United States (1st), 2000 Australia (4th), 2004 Greece (15th), 2008 China (1st) and 2012 Great Britain (3). Some countries shoot up like a rocket (Spain and Greece) only to fall back to earth when the Olympics leave. Others stay near the top (China, Great Britain). And then there’s Brazil. Right now, the host country is 28th in the medal count. Since 1980, the Brazilians have finished higher than 28th in every single Olympics, except in 2000 when they had an odd 53rd place finish. Either way, it’s safe to say Brazil will have the worst performance by a host nation since 1980. Still, it can rebound. Brazil’s best events are traditionally sailing, judo, track and volleyball, sports which have yet to award most of their medals.
2. The United States won 16 gold medals in swimming
No other country has won any more than in all other sports combined.
3. Add Michael Phelps + Ledecky and you’d have a superpower
The country of Phelpsdeckia – joining the forces of the families Phelps and Ledecky – would have nine gold medals, tied for fourth on the medal count.
4. Eliminate swimming and the U.S. would be third on the medal count.
The U.S. would have 10 gold, 13 silver, 13 bronze; behind China’s 14 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze. Great Britain would also have more golds (14) but fewer overall.
5. Germany, ranked No. 5, has the best gold-medal ratio of any country in the top 10
Of the 17 medals won by the Germans, eight are gold (47%)
6. Japan (No. 8), with seven golds and 26 medals, has the worst (26%).
Ratios for the rest: USA (38%), Great Britain (39%), China (33%), Russia (30%), France (32%), Italy (33%), Australia (27%) and South Korea (43%)
7. So far, eight countries have won a gold in 2016 that didn’t in 2012
They are: Greece, Chinese Taipei, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Kosovo, Fiji, Vietnam, Slovakia. Fiji and Puerto Rico were the first golds ever for those countries.
8. 16 countries have won a single medal
GOLDS: Fiji, Kosovo, Puerto Rico, Singapore; SILVER: Bahrain, Grenada, Ireland, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey Venezuela; BRONZE: Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, Portugal, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.
9. Current gold leaders in individual sports
Archery: South Korea (4 golds) Cycling: Great Britain (4 golds) Diving: China (4 golds) Equestrian: Germany (2 golds) Fencing: Russia (4 golds) Gymnastics: United States (3 golds) Judo: Japan (3 golds) Rowing: Great Britain (3 golds) Shooting: Italy (4 golds) Swimming: United States (16 golds) Table tennis: China (2 golds)Weightlifting: China (5 golds)
10. Grenada has the smallest population for any medal winner
Grenada, which won a silver courtesy 400 runner Kirani James, has one medal for every 106,825 residents. Photo: Shaun Botterill
11. Indonesia has the highest
It’s two medals are for 128 million people.
12. The U.S. is ranked 35th in per-capita medal rate
That’s out of 67 medal-winning countries and brings a rate of 1 medal for every 4.6 million people. Both Russia and China have worse rate.
13. Hungary rising
Among countries with more than 10 medals, Hungary has the best ratio: One medal for every 757,283.
14. Brazil has the most citizens for every gold medal
Brazil has one gold medal for its 207 million residents. Fiji has one gold medal for its 892,000 citizens. On the bright side, Brazil at least has a gold medal to celebrate and use for this stat.
15. Finland, once dominant, is now doormat
Finland is 14th on the all-time medal count, ahead of South Korea, Netherlands, Cuba, Belgium, Spain and dozens of other countries. So far in Rio, the Finns haven’t made a single podium.
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