The Top 10 Gold Medal Winning Countries, Per Capita, From The Beijing Olympics

 1. Jamaica: 1 gold medal per 0.5 million people,  6 gold medals,  Population 3 million

2. Bahrain: 1 gold medal per 0.71 million people,  1 gold medal,  Population 0.71 million 

3. Estonia: 1 gold medal per 1.3 million people,  1 gold medal,  Population 1.3 million

4. New Zealand: 1 gold medal per 1.4 million people,  3 gold medals, Population  4.2 million

5.  Australia: 1 gold medal per 1.5 million people,  14 gold medals, Population 21 million

5.  Mongolia: 1 gold medal per 1.5 million people,  2 gold medals, Population 3 million

7. Georgia: 1 gold medal per 1.53 million people,  3 gold medals,  Population 4.6 million

7. Norway: 1 gold medal per 1.53 million people, 3 gold medals, Population 4.6 million

9. Slovakia: 1 gold medal per 1.8 million people,  3 gold medals,  Population 5.4 million

10.Slovenia: 1 gold medal per 2 million people,  1 gold medal,  Population 2 million

This list was designed to act as a more equitable marker as opposed to the traditional Olympic medal tally. Often countries with very large populations dominate the traditional medal tally, while smaller nations who perform respectably (based on their population) go unnoticed.

Using the per capita gold medal tally (as above) does have some flaws which I will go through. Firstly, it is impossible for certain countries with large populations to appear on this medal table. For example, let’s imagine that China won every single gold medal on offer at the Beijing Olympics (all 304 of them.) This would equate to 1 gold medal per 4.3 million Chinese people. If you compare this number to the list above, it would not rank them in the top 10. Although if China did win every medal, the other countries wouldn’t be in the list!

The per capita medal tally is skewed towards favouring smaller population countries. For instance if any of the countries in the world, with a population of 1 million of below, w0n just a single gold medal, they would appear in the top 3 of the list. In the future I may make up a more equitable medal tally than the traditional and per capita ones. This medal tally would overcome the flaws mentioned above and provide a more accurate per capita ranking, taking into account large and small populations.

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