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Countries with the Most Olympic Medals

The ranking in the country-wise winners tables for the Olympics is based on which team has won the maximum number of gold medals. Though the International Olympic Committee or IOC does not officially publish the combined tally of medals, the charts are tabulated by combining the individual game lists.

The Modern Summer Games started in 1896 at the birthplace of the Ancient Olympics, Athens. Since then, this sporting extravaganza is held once every four years. The Games did not take place on three occasions (1916, 1940 and 1944) due to the First World War and Second World War. Rio de Janeiro will be hosting the 31st edition of the Olympics in 2016.

The United States of America has won the maximum number of medals at the Summer Games in all the categories. Its tally of 976 gold medals, 757 silver medals, and 666 bronze medals is a long way ahead than any other country in the world. The erstwhile USSR still ranks second in the overall medals list of the Summer Games, with a kitty of 395 gold medals, 319 silver medals, and 296 bronze medals. Great Britain, France, and Italy make up the list of the top five Olympic Medal winning countries.

Germany In Summer Games
It is interesting to note that Germany participated in only 16 editions of the Summer Games. Due to the Second World War, the country was divided into Democratic Republic of Germany and Federal Republic of Germany. These two separate countries took part in the Summer Games seven times and five times respectively.

Following is a list of the countries which have won Olympic medals till the 2012 London Olympics.

All-time Olympic Games Medal Table

(Sorted By Total Medals)
Last Updated on: June 7, 2016

Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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