Well, that’s done and dusted. Britain’s best Olympics since 1908. We came second in the medals table. Didn’t we do well? One medal for just about every million people who live in the country.
That set me thinking. Of course we did brilliantly, but a lot of people live on these islands. How about Fiji, who beat us to the first Rugby Sevens gold medal? They’ve got a population of 30 — the First XV and the Second XV.
So here’s my End of Term Report. How does the medal table look if the population of the countries are taken into account? How many Croatians are needed to win a gold medal?
The answer is — not many at all. Several countries have a strike rate far better than ours. Here’s a list of the gold medals won per number of population (Usain Bolt is not a country) and we rank a lowly 13th, behind Kosovo which isn’t even a real country and, I hate to say it, New Zealand. Click on it to read it.
And here’s a list of all medals won ranked by population. We did even worse here, dropping to 18th. But look where China and the USA are. And as for India, you should be ashamed of yourself. Buck up, boy, or you’ll get a good flogging. Must try harder!