Olympic Medal Count 2012: Great Britain Continues to Impress as Host Nation

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIAugust 6, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with his gold and silver medals holding a union jack after the medal ceremony for the Mixed Doubles Tennis on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Everybody knew that London was one of the greatest places in the world, but few expected Great Britain to be trailing only China and the United States in the Olympic medal count.

With every passing day, it looks like Great Britain will be able to keep a firm lock on the third overall spot.

It's no secret that Great Britain isn't the cream of the crop when it comes to athletic competition. Many didn't believe that the competitors would garner enough medals to lead the collection of countries to the top of the leaderboard.

However, that hasn't been the case over the last week or so.

Great Britain brought home nine medals in the rowing competition, which came in the form of four gold medals, two silver and three bronze.

It dominated in the cycling events to the tune of eight medals, spread out amongst team and individual competitions.

We don't usually see such a strong showing from Great Britain in track and field events, but that notion has gone out of the window with the arrival of these Olympic Games.

Greg Rutherford won gold in the men's long jump, Mohamed Farah finished first in the 10,000-meter race, Jessica Ennis won the women's heptathlon and Christine Ohuruogu took home a silver in the women's 400-meter dash.

Andy Murray put the icing on the cake for Great Britain when he beat Roger Federer to win another gold medal at the All England Club. Not many people outside of Great Britain would have pegged Murray as their winner before the competition started, but he shocked the field regardless.

Those events, with the exception of rowing, are not sports that are typically seen as synonymous with British athletics. Fortunately for Great Britain, its athletes have been some of the best in the world at these Olympic Games.

It would have been disastrous if the British athletes came out to these Olympic Games in their backyard and hardly competed with the opposing nations. They would have none of that, though, and have become one of the most successful nations at the 30th Olympiad.


Here are the top-five countries.

Country Overall Count Gold Silver Bronze
China 61 30
United States 60 28 14 18
Great Britain 37 16 11 10
Republic of Korea 20 10 4 6
France 25 8 8 9


Here is a link to the full medal count.