All Time Medal Count at The Summer Olympics | Olympic Medal Count All Time

*No longer exists/competes in the Olympics.
***Includes medals won by the combined German teams of the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics.
**** Medals won by athletes representing Australia at the 1908 and 1912 Olympics have been redistributed to the athletes' respective countries. The gold medal won in the men's 4x200 m freestyle relay is included in both totals, as the team consisted of athletes from both countries.

In the history of the Summer Olympics, the United States is by far the most successful nation, with a total of over 2,500 medals in 27 Olympic sports. Of these, over a thousand were gold, with about 800 silver and over 700 bronze. The second most successful team in Summer Olympic history was the Soviet Union**, which won 440 gold medals in ten Olympic Games between 1952 and 1992, and a total of over 1,100 medals. When the total number of medals received by the Soviet Union, Russia and Russia. Empires combined, they still fall short of the US by about a thousand medals. The third most successful Olympic team is that of Great Britain, which has competed in all 28 Olympic Games since 1896, and won 851 medals, of which 263 were gold. China is in fourth place with over 220 gold medals, but when all the medals broadcast by the Germans are combined, they total 428 gold and nearly 1,350 gold medals.

Country of color

While European and Anglophone nationals have traditionally made medal debuts, recent decades have seen participation from developing countries such as Kenya, Jamaica and especially China. Although China has competed in only ten Summer Olympics, they have the fourth most gold medals in a variety of events, despite only developing a significant Olympic presence in the 1980s. Extremists from African and Caribbean nations also developed a more formidable presence at this time by focusing their resources on specific sports; For example, the Kenyans have established a lasting legacy in the blocking events, while the Jamaicans have dominated the sprinting events in recent years. Despite this growing investment, the Olympic Games of 21–12 and 2–16 saw heads of African descent representing high-income countries in the Arabian Gulf; Most notably, Ath, born in Kenya and Ethiopia, has been competing for Bahrain.

The influence of money, politics and drugs

As noted above, European and Anglophone countries have dominated the medal tally; This is because they had the financial resources to field a worldwide proposal to compete, and until 1964, the host cities were always in these countries, which provided financial and military attractions for African, Asian and Latin American countries. Were. Reasons are created. Financial independence has caused some countries to decline invitations to the Olympics as recently as the 1980s, for example, several African and Latin American countries because of the 1980 Moscow airport (due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan). joined the US-led boycott. Citing the deficit as the reason, not the financial position. This boycott also contributed to the high medal tally of the Soviet Union and East Germany, as both countries accounted for sixty percent of all gold medals. In retaliation, the Soviet Union led a boycott of the following matches in Los Angeles, opening the way for the United States to win nearly half of all gold in 1984.

Doping scandals in recent years have seen financial and political factors replace the medal table as the main external influence. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 by the International Olympic Committee to combat the further use of performance-enhancing substances in sport. It has had a major impact on the Olympic medal table since then, and has helped lead to the cancellation and redistribution of over a hundred Olympic medals. Russia and ex-Soviet countries have been particularly affected by these measures, which are state-created in the 1980s in the face of a legacy of doping. In 2019, WADA banned all Russian invalids from the 2020 matches in Tokyo due to another state-sponsored doping scandal; Athletes from Russia may only compete if they are sanctioned by WADA prior to the Games, and must compete under a neutral flag.

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