Olympic Medal Count 2012 Chart: Power Ranking Top Overachieving Nations at Games
The top sports nations in the world have once again dominated the Olympics in these 2012 London Games.
Usain Bolt and Team Jamaica, as well as an ever-so-solid United States, are two nations that have achieved outright greatness at these London Olympics.
The two combine for a whopping 106 total medals and 44 gold medals, but more importantly have boasted the top athletes and performers in London. The 2012 Games have been set off by the overachieving teams, and it is only right to acknowledge their greatness.
These are the power rankings of the top three nations at the London Games.
No. 3: Jamaica
No, it's not just Usain Bolt.
It might just be medals on the track, but domination has been outright embarrassing at these London Games.
Team Jamaica has a whopping 10 medals at the Games, all of which have come in track and field. The team has now hoisted three gold, four silver and three bronze medals at the Olympics and are looking to only win more.
Bolt has led the charge with back-to-back gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter races, both of which he took at the 2008 Beijing Games as well. He is the only runner in Olympics history to sweep in consecutive Games in both the 100 and 200-meter races.
Talk about impressive.
What's more? In the 200-meter race, Team Jamaica placed first, second and third en route to grabbing every medal at the event. Teammate Yohan Blake was a close second while Warren Weir finished with the bronze.
On the women's side of the draw, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has also been spectacular. She defended her 100-meter gold at Beijing in London with another gold, and also added two silver medals in both the 200-meter and 4x100 relay race.
No. 2: Great Britain
In spite of being the host nation, let's not get carried away. This was not the team expected to finish fourth place in the medal count with a whopping 59 of them.
Not to mention, they boast seven more gold medals than third-place Russia.
Cycling, rowing and track and field have featured some memorable performances from Team Great Britain. In the three sports, the side combined for 15 of their 27 gold medals and 24 of their 59 total. Seven of the 10 medals in cycling went to the host nation.
Mo Farah and Andy Murray were two of the more notable performers for the team. Murray won gold in the men's tennis tournament over World No. 1 Roger Federer. Farah's two gold medals were equally impressive, taking the 5000-meter and 10,000-meter final on the track.
Matt Cronin of TennisChannel.com had this to say after Murray took down the 17-time major winner.
BOOM: Andy Murray finally beats Federer in super significant final with pressure on, wins gold 62 61 64. Career changer— Matt Cronin (@TennisReporters) August 5, 2012
No.1: United States
The 96 medals—41 gold, 26 silver, 29 bronze—speak for themselves.
Whether it's in the pool, on the track or on the mat, Team USA has shown up the rest of the competition.
In what was once a neck-and-neck race with China, the United States have climbed out to a 12-medal lead and four-medal advantage in the gold-medal department.
From the start it was Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps leading the Americans to an incredible showing in the swimming world. Then came the epic performances by Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney in the sport of gymnastics, and shortly after followed a terrific showing on the track.
With women's and men's basketball still left, there is plenty of domination still left for this utmost impressive showing from the United States in London.
2012 London Olympic Medal Count for Top-5 Countries:
Courtesy of NBCOlympics.com:
|Olympic Medal Tracker|
|United States Total: 102||44||29||29|
|China Total: 87||38||27||22|
|Russia Total: 79||21||25||33|
|Great Britain Total: 62||28||15||19|
|Germany Total: 44||11||19||14|
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