Gold-Medal Count 2012: Most Surprising Nations in the Top 20 at London Games

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Gold-Medal Count 2012: Most Surprising Nations in the Top 20 at London Games
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One of the greatest things about the Olympics is when countries perform better than anticipated.

And not just one or two athletes who rise to the occasion, but the entire nation's Olympians all perform so well that you can only notice the impressive outcome. The following countries were nowhere near the top in terms of number of Olympians competing, and yet all five ranked in the top 20 for gold-medal count.

That's when you know a country has some impressive athletes, because those with hundreds upon hundreds are bound to win quite a bit of hardware based on probability alone. Here, we check out the nations who had a surprisingly dominant showing at the 2012 London Olympics.

 

All [gold] medal counts and numbers of Olympians courtesy of London 2012.

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