Olympic Medals by Population: Who Won in Rio?

This is exactly what the title suggests — a ranking table of gold medal winners at the recent Olympic Games, arranged by each country’s population per medal. That is to say, we’ve divided each nation’s total population by the number of golds, to give, in effect, the number of people who would have to share each medal if the medals were (for whatever reason) evenly distributed. It means that the bigger nations like the USA and China drop dramatically down the league, despite each having a handsome collection of medals. And nations like Fiji, thanks to their win in the rugby, suddenly shoot up the table. Well done to Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas, whose win in the women’s 400 metres catapults her nation to the winning position!

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