09 Aug

Who was the Most Successful Country by Population Size at Tokyo?

Kiwis have always punched above their weight at recent Olympics Games, and Tokyo has been no exception. New Zealand won 20 medals – their highest ever at any Olympic Games.

New Zealand’s performance was excellent. However we weren’t quite the most successful overall when it comes to all medals (gold, silver and bronze combined), or simply gold medals, per population size. Bermuda and San Marino came out tops there. But thank goodness we did do better than our Australian cousins!

Top Countries for GOLD Medals by Population Size

1. Bermuda (pop 63,918) 1 GOLD medal / 63,918 people

2. Bahamas (pop 393,244) 2 GOLD / 196,622 people

3. New Zealand (pop 4,822,233) 7 GOLD / 688,890 people

4. Slovenia (pop 2,078,938) 3 GOLD / 692,979 people

5. Jamaica (pop 2,961,167) 4 GOLD / 740,292 people

6. Fiji (pop 896,445) 1 GOLD / 896,445 people

12. Australia (pop 25,499,884) 17 GOLD / 1,499,993 people

Top Countries for All Medals by Population Size

1. San Marino (pop 33,931) 3 medals / 11,310 people

2. Bermuda (pop 63,918) 1 medal / 63,918 people

3. Grenada (pop 112,523) 1 medal / 112,523 people

4. Bahamas (pop 393,244) 2 medals / 196,622 people

5. New Zealand (pop 4,822,233) 20 medals / 241,112 people

6. Jamaica (pop 2,961,167) 9 medals / 329,019 people

14. Australia (pop 25,499,884) 46 medals / 554,345 people

References:

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/minnow-magic-the-most-successful-nations-by-population-at-tokyo-games-20210808-p58gw1.html


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