London 2012 Medal Count: Most Surprising Countries in Overall Medal Race

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIAugust 6, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  Women's Triple Jump Gold medalist Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan poses on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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Heading into the 2012 London Olympics, everybody knew which countries would be hanging around the top of the overall medal count leaderboard.

The United States and China are battling it out for the top spot. Meanwhile, other power countries include Russia, South Korea, France, Italy and Great Britain.

Nobody is shocked about those nations being atop the overall medal count, but there are some surprising countries amongst the leaders.

We'll touch on three of those countries here.


Kazakhstan - 6 Gold Medals

Kazakhstan is tied for the sixth-most gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics, which is already three times more than the country garnered at the Beijing Games. Six medals isn't all that impressive, but for each of them to be gold certainly speaks volumes for the athletes' efficiency.

Kazakhstan has found its niche in women's weightlifting, with three of the golds coming in the 53 kg, 63 kg and 75 kg weight classes. Ilya Ilyin brought home the gold medal in the men's 94 kg weight class.

Alexandr Vinokurov pulled off one of the surprises of the Games. After winning the silver medal in cycling's road race in the 2000 Sydney Games, he was able to win the gold in the 2012 rendition of the competition.

Olga Rypakova won the women's triple jump with ease on Sunday to bring home the country's latest gold medal.


Hungary - 4 Gold Medals, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze

The Hungarians have put on quite a show at the 2012 London Olympics. The most impressive thing is that the country's medals are spread out over numerous different competitions.

Krisztian Pars won the gold medal in men's hammer throw, Aron Szilagyi won the men's individual sabre competition, Krisztian Berki won the men's pommel horse, Miklos Ungvari and Eva Csernoviczki took home medals in the judo competition, Daniel Gyurta won a gold in the 200-meter men's breaststroke, Laszlo Cseh placed third behind Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps in the 200-meter individual medley and Peter Modos won bronze in the men's 55 kg Greco-Roman competition.

Not many would have thought a country with a population of under 10 million would be able to win so many Olympic gold medals, but that is the beauty of the Olympic Games.


Denmark - 2 Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medals, 2 Bronze Medals

Denmark currently has the 10th-most gold medals and the 12th-most medals overall thus far through the 2012 London Olympics. That's a huge accomplishment for a country with a population less than six million.

Even if you disregard the population, the achievement is still impressive. The Danes won just seven total medals in the Beijing Games.

Two medals in badminton, one in cycling, three in rowing and one apiece in sailing and shooting vaulted Denmark to its spot amongst the leaders.

Those aren't exactly conventional sports, but they will get the job done nonetheless.


Here are the top-five nations.

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 leaderboard.