Team GB surpassed London 2012 with 65 medals, led by gold medalists Kenny and Price. They also had three athletes win five medals each: gymnast Max Whitlock, cyclist Laura Tomlinson, and swimmer Helen Glover.
The number of Olympic medals won by British athletes has increased since 2004 when Britain last held the presidency of the IOC. In 2004, British athletes won just one silver and two bronze medals. Eight years later, they finished with a total of 65 medals, including 15 golds, making them the best performing country at the Games. They also had a woman become the first person to win five gold medals at a single Olympiad when gymnast Maggie Haney took home that title in 1984.
A total of 10 countries have now beaten Team GB's record of winning the most Olympic medals. America dominates the list with 138 victories, followed by Russia (102), China (94), France (67), India (60), Germany (49), Japan (47), Australia (45), Brazil (38), and Spain (30).
Of the 65 medals won by Britain at the London 2012 Games, 30 were gold, 14 were silver, and 21 were bronze.
Current medal table and Team GB highlights from Tokyo 2020, with the United Kingdom now holding 20 gold, 21 silver, and 22 bronze medals... Team GB is now ranked fifth on the Tokyo Olympics scoreboard, having won 63 medals, including 20 gold, thus far. The United States leads the medal table with 71 wins, followed by Russia with 49 and France with 32.
The United Kingdom has a strong history of competing in athletics events at the Olympic Games, winning their first medal — a gold — at the 1900 Paris Olympics. Since then, they have not stopped winning: there are British athletes running in all but one of the modern day games (the only exception being tennis when it was played as an open event). They have also been successful in boxing, cycling, equestrian, field hockey, football, rowing, sailing, swimming, weightlifting, and wrestling. In total, Britain has won more than 300 medals at the Tokyo Games.
In 2016, Britain's Olympic medal tally was left in tatters after several scandals broke about widespread doping within the country's sport system. Several athletes who had expected to compete at Tokyo 2020 were banned for life after testing positive for prohibited substances. However, thanks to new anti-doping protocols, Britain managed to avoid any further bans before the start of the tournament.
The total number of participating national Olympic committees (204), which had been set during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, was equaled in London. More than 10,500 competitors competed in 302 events in 36 sports at the London Games... Olympic Games in London in 2012.
|2012 Olympic Medal Count|
|Gold||* Women’s Team * Gabby Douglas – All-Around * Aly Raisman – Floor Exercise|
|Silver||* McKayla Maroney – Vault|
|Bronze||* Danell Leyva – All-Around * Aly Raisman – Balance Beam|
|New Zealand at the 2012 Summer Olympics|
|Medals Ranked 15th||Gold 6 Silver 2 Bronze 5 Total 13|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
|1908 1912 1920 1924 1928 1932 1936 1948 1952 1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 2020|
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Veikko Huhtanen of Finland won the most individual medals with three golds, a silver, and a bronze in men's gymnastics. With 300 athletes, the United States won the most gold and total medals, compared to the United Kingdom's 404. With 316 competitors, France had the second-largest team and finished third in the medal rankings.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, a number of world and Olympic records were set in a variety of events. In eight sports, 32 world records were broken. Swimming had the most world records broken, at eight. China, the United Kingdom, and the United States established the most records, each with five.
Because the Olympic Games had not been conducted in 1940 or 1944 due to World War II, there was great disagreement about whether the 1948 Olympic Games should be staged at all. With a few post-war changes, the 1948 Olympic Games (also known as the XIV Olympiad) were held from July 28 to August 14, 1948.
Six Olympic gold medals - the most of any country - and also a high placement of 52nd shows how successful South Africa has been in sports.
South Africa's Olympians have one more chance to add to their tally this year as they will be participating in London 2012. The Games will be held from 27 July to 12 August 2012.
The Olympic medal table is updated after each games to show who are the winners and also to see which countries are best at producing athletes.
Only two countries have achieved the feat of winning all five events available in swimming, these are Russia and South Africa. Both countries have won multiple gold medals.
South Africa has a population of 49 million people and receives funding from both national and international sources. They have developed their own talent but also have employees who work for other companies but still get paid by South Africa's government. These people are called "paraplegics". They help out with training and recovery processes because walking is difficult for them. There are about 700 paraplegics in South Africa who play important roles in sports.