Team USA Comes Out On Top for 6th Straight Summer Olympics

Team USA definitely made their mark in Rio, topping the Olympic medal count for the 6th summer Olympics in a row. They finished this summer’s Olympic Games with 46 gold medals and 121 medals overall, breaking the United State’s previous record from Bejing in 2008 (where the U.S. finished with 110 total medals). Additionally, the United States finished with 51 more medals than second-place China— this is the largest margin by any country in a non-boycotted Olympics since 1932, when the U.S. beat Italy by 67 medals.

Phelps topped the medal board again, winning more medals than anyone else for his fourth consecutive Olympics. Phelps came home with six medals total, while Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky followed close behind. They both finished with 5 total medals each.

Great Britain had a far better Olympics than expected, even with fewer athletes competing in Rio than in London. They finished with 27 gold and 67 medals total– the largest number of medals that Great Britain has ever received in any modern games.

China and Russia performed well below expectations, finishing 2nd and 4th in the total medal count respectively. China came home with a disappointing 26 gold and 70 total, while Russia achieved only 19 gold and 42 total. Russia‘s disappointing games may be attributed to the doping scandal’s surrounding accusations of systematic covering up of doping. Many Russian athlete’s did not get to compete, and those who did were most likely focused on fighting their appeals to compete in the games at all instead of training to perform well. Chinese and Russian swimmers followed their country’s lead, also performing well below expectations.

Check out our final Olympic medal count table below!

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States (USA) 46 37 38 121
Great Britain (GBR) 27 23 17 67
China (CHN) 26 18 26 70
Russia (RUS) 19 18 19 56
Germany (GER) 17 10 15 42
Japan (JPN) 12 8 21 41
France (FRA) 10 18 14 42
South Korea (KOR) 9 3 9 21
Italy (ITA) 8 12 8 28
Australia (AUS) 8 11 10 29
Netherlands (NED) 8 7 4 19
Hungary (HUN) 8 3 4 15
Brazil (BRA)* 7 6 6 19
Spain (ESP) 7 4 6 17
Kenya (KEN) 6 6 1 13
Jamaica (JAM) 6 3 2 11
Croatia (CRO) 5 3 2 10
Cuba (CUB) 5 2 4 11
New Zealand (NZL) 4 9 5 18
Canada (CAN) 4 3 15 22
Uzbekistan (UZB) 4 2 7 13
Kazakhstan (KAZ) 3 5 9 17
Colombia (COL) 3 2 3 8
Switzerland (SUI) 3 2 2 7
Iran (IRI) 3 1 4 8
Greece (GRE) 3 1 2 6
Argentina (ARG) 3 1 0 4
Denmark (DEN) 2 6 7 15
Sweden (SWE) 2 6 3 11
South Africa (RSA) 2 6 2 10
Ukraine (UKR) 2 5 4 11
Serbia (SRB) 2 4 2 8
Poland (POL) 2 3 6 11
North Korea (PRK) 2 3 2 7
Belgium (BEL) 2 2 2 6
Thailand (THA) 2 2 2 6
Slovakia (SVK) 2 2 0 4
Georgia (GEO) 2 1 4 7
Azerbaijan (AZE) 1 7 10 18
Belarus (BLR) 1 4 4 9
Turkey (TUR) 1 3 4 8
Armenia (ARM) 1 3 0 4
Czech Republic (CZE) 1 2 7 10
Ethiopia (ETH) 1 2 5 8
Slovenia (SLO) 1 2 1 4
Indonesia (INA) 1 2 0 3
Romania (ROU) 1 1 3 5
Bahrain (BRN) 1 1 0 2
Vietnam (VIE) 1 1 0 2
Chinese Taipei (TPE) 1 0 2 3
Bahamas (BAH) 1 0 1 2
Ivory Coast (CIV) 1 0 1 2
Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA) 1 0 1 2
Fiji (FIJ) 1 0 0 1
Jordan (JOR) 1 0 0 1
Kosovo (KOS) 1 0 0 1
Puerto Rico (PUR) 1 0 0 1
Singapore (SIN) 1 0 0 1
Tajikistan (TJK) 1 0 0 1
Malaysia (MAS) 0 4 1 5
Mexico (MEX) 0 3 2 5
Algeria (ALG) 0 2 0 2
Ireland (IRL) 0 2 0 2
Lithuania (LTU) 0 1 3 4
Bulgaria (BUL) 0 1 2 3
Venezuela (VEN) 0 1 2 3
India (IND) 0 1 1 2
Mongolia (MGL) 0 1 1 2
Burundi (BDI) 0 1 0 1
Grenada (GRN) 0 1 0 1
Niger (NIG) 0 1 0 1
Philippines (PHI) 0 1 0 1
Qatar (QAT) 0 1 0 1
Norway (NOR) 0 0 4 4
Egypt (EGY) 0 0 3 3
Tunisia (TUN) 0 0 3 3
Israel (ISR) 0 0 2 2
Austria (AUT) 0 0 1 1
Dominican Republic (DOM) 0 0 1 1
Estonia (EST) 0 0 1 1
Finland (FIN) 0 0 1 1
Morocco (MAR) 0 0 1 1
Moldova (MDA) 0 0 1 1
Nigeria (NGR) 0 0 1 1
Portugal (POR) 0 0 1 1
Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) 0 0 1 1
United Arab Emirates (UAE) 0 0 1 1

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Honestly
4 years ago

We lost the Beijing Olympics.

Pancake swimmer
Reply to  Honestly
4 years ago

We lost the gold medal count in Beijing, but we won the most medals overall.

Scott Morgan
Reply to  Pancake swimmer
4 years ago

Isn’t it the gold medal count that matters? The Olympic organization scores by golds. Thus China’s claim to being number two is somewhat laughable. Or like Canada, where the CBC ranks Canada as 10th. I guess it’s natural for countries to try and make their results seem the best, but it’s a bit like changing the rules. The US did not win at Beijing.

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  Scott Morgan
4 years ago

Agreed – totally laughable that China wants it both ways: claims to win 2008 by golds, and finish second in Rio by total. Fact: in Beijing China won significantly more golds (15: 51vs36) and we won more medals (10: 110vs100). I would agree China won in Beijing but we dominated in Rio and GB finished 2nd ahead of China.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Honestly
4 years ago

I think she talks about the total of medals. 110 for USA vs 100 for China that year.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Yeah, but as you’ve repeatedly ad nauseum said: Gold is what matters.

Bartleby Duchamp
Reply to  Honestly
4 years ago

Ya, thought so to. Medal count rules are clear.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

USA really crushed the competition. Impressive total of medals and total of golds.
Especially thanks to swimming and track and field.
16 golds in swimming/13 golds in track and field
63% of the 46 US gold medals thanks to these 2 sports.
By comparison, 0% of the 10 French gold medals thanks to these 2 sports.
53.7% of the 121 US medals thanks to these 2 sports (33 medals won in swimming/32 medals won in track and field)
Impressive gap with the second best nation.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

They were impressive in nearly most of the sports they were entered in . Very Impressive !!!! The Stats speak for themselves ….

Lane Four
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 years ago

The American performances in the long distance/middle-distance events on the track were especially noteworthy. The middle-distance/long distance track runners are no longer intimidated by the Kenyans and Ethiopians. At least not in Rio. I was very proud of what they did (both men and women).

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Lane Four
4 years ago

The Kenyans were not inpactful after IAAF threatened them with whole ban for doping.

Lane Four
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
4 years ago

Amen. A shadow of their own ghosts.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Bobo, what do you think of Renaud Lavillenie who compared himself to Jesse Owens and Brazilians to Nazi Germany?

Taa
4 years ago

lets take out a one page ad in a Beijing newspaper to announce our success

H20 Bruin
4 years ago

I’m glad the US can claim the most medals in athletics as compared to other countries but I also wish we can crush it when it comes to performance in science and mathematics. Athletics and scholastic achievements should complement each other.

Sprez
Reply to  H20 Bruin
4 years ago

Um, we can. The great majority of technological innovations over the last 150 years have come from America.

Beachbumj343
Reply to  Sprez
4 years ago

For awhile yes but school test scores shows that US ranks in them in the middle for most scores and unfortunately look at any electronic company and most of them are based outside of US. H20 is right. We need to catch up.

Lane four
Reply to  Beachbumj343
4 years ago

I agree.

Whoop!
Reply to  H20 Bruin
4 years ago

Please, a lot of countries, *cough China! *cough, steal our technology. There is no other country as advanced as we are.

Liam
Reply to  H20 Bruin
4 years ago

Appreciate your academic concern but I feel your comment is slightly unnecessary considering this is swimswam. Not saying it’s unimportant just that this isn’t quite the setting…

Dave
4 years ago

Medal count is meaningless and I wish people would stop focusing on it. One individual can win many medals in swimming while an entire team of the best basketball/soccer/volleyball players in the world can only win one. This focus on medal count is so ridiculous that countries like China base their entire government-sponsored sporting strategy on which sports have maximum medal-generating potential.

theroboticrichardsimmons
Reply to  Dave
4 years ago

it would be cool to see the olympics move to some kind of scoring system where countries would win a set number of points in each sport based on their overall performance. in other words, you make swimming and soccer worth an equivalent amount of points and then rank countries based on performance in each to determine the final tally.

Liam
Reply to  Dave
4 years ago

What if the country got an overall medal for the count for winning total women’s golds in example sport and an overall gold for winning total men’s golds in a sport etc so each sport could only count once. This is just an idea as I realize if this were in place credit would be taken from those like the kazhakstani who got a gold.

theroboticrichardsimmons
4 years ago

and this is exhibit A demonstrating why you will not see them add the women’s 1500, men’s 800, 50s of stroke, or 200 relays to the olympic schedule any time soon. team USA already wins too many swimming medals to give us more opportunities to boost our total.

Liam
Reply to  theroboticrichardsimmons
4 years ago

50s and 200 relays are unnecessary. Sprinters already are getting all they want in NCAA, no need for that in international competition.

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