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!
|United States (USA)||46||37||38||121|
|Great Britain (GBR)||27||23||17||67|
|South Korea (KOR)||9||3||9||21|
|New Zealand (NZL)||4||9||5||18|
|South Africa (RSA)||2||6||2||10|
|North Korea (PRK)||2||3||2||7|
|Czech Republic (CZE)||1||2||7||10|
|Chinese Taipei (TPE)||1||0||2||3|
|Ivory Coast (CIV)||1||0||1||2|
|Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA)||1||0||1||2|
|Puerto Rico (PUR)||1||0||0||1|
|Dominican Republic (DOM)||0||0||1||1|
|Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)||0||0||1||1|
|United Arab Emirates (UAE)||0||0||1||1|