London 2012 Medal Count: Countries Who Benefited Most from Track and Field

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIAugust 12, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  Ashton Eaton (L) of the United States and Trey Hardee (R) of the United States wear their nations flag as they celebrate after they won gold and silver in the Men's Decathlon on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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As the 2012 Olympics end today it's time to take a look back on the competition that was track and field and examine which countries took the most medals home from the events in London.

Track and field started later than most sports but finished strong, handing out a ton of gold over the last few days.

Always playing a huge role in who does well in the Games and who doesn't, as one of the major sports track and field's importance was even more pronounced this year, as you'll see during this article.



Total Medals: 12

Track and Field Medals: 12

Track and Field Golds: 4

With Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and the 4x100-meter relay team that set a new world record on Saturday, you had to expect the Jamaicans to be on here.

Track and field is a huge deal in Jamaica, especially with sprinters. Guys like Bolt and Blake lead the way as the fastest men in the world, but the country also has Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter. The women's side is led by Veronica Campbell-Brown and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. The Jamaicans own the track when it comes to sprinters.

Or maybe the track owns them.

All 12 medals won by Jamaica this year came in track and field, with four of each color. Bolt helped win three golds, while Blake won two silvers and helped on one of the golds as well.

Jamaica had nothing entering track and field and ended up doing extremely well because of this one sport.



Total Medals: 9

Track and Field Medals: 9

Track and Field Golds: 2

Known for their unstoppable distance runners, Kenya is another country that failed to medal before track and field started.

With all nine of their medals (two gold, three silver, four bronze) coming in track and field, they left a big impact.

The highlight for the Kenyans was probably David Rudisha's world-record-breaking 800-meter dash that he finished in one minute, 40.91 seconds.

While they might not have hit double digits entering Sunday's competition, Kenya was one of the top winners from track and field.


United States

Total Medals: 102

Track and Field Medals: 29

Track and Field Golds: 9

The U.S. won all types of medals in track and field, running away with 29 medals, which was 11 more than the next closest country, Russia.

Thanks to these medals the U.S. was able to hit the century mark in total medals, and was also able to pass China for the total medal and gold-medal count victory.

With over a quarter of their medals coming from track and field, the U.S. was completely dominant. Events like the decathlon, in which Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee took both gold and silver for the Americans, were not uncommon.

Even with Jamaica taking the sprints and Kenya taking the distance events the Americans found unrivaled success and will be walking out of London as the top country in the world.


London Olympics Medal Count (Courtesy Donald Wood)

Olympic Medal Tracker Gold Silver Bronze
United States Total: 102 44 29 29
China Total: 87 38 27 22
Russia Total: 78 21 25 32
Great Britain Total: 62 28 15 19
Germany Total: 44 11 19