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Olympics: UK medals

This page summarises the number of medals that Great Britain and Northern Ireland (as the UK team is officially known at the Olympics) has won at the last six Summer Olympiads.

This just happens to be the number that fit on the page, but it's also the time frame over which Great Britain, thanks in no small part to Lottery funding, has become a real power at the Olympics again – particularly in what some people like to call the "sit–down sports" of cycling, rowing and sailing.  (We've always done reasonably well at athletics.)

This spreadsheet gives the same figures, but also includes 1992 – when Team GB did better than in 1996 (particularly in the number of golds) but not as well as in 2000.

Medals Table

 2016 2012 2008 20042000 1996Total
 G SB T G SBT GSB TGS BTG SBT GSB T G S BT
Archery                      11            1 1
Athletics 2  4 6 4 116 121 43  142 226  42 6 12 9 1132
Badminton   1 1              1  1   11       1 2 3
Boxing 1 11 3 3 115 1 2 3 1  11   1       6 3 413
Canoeing 2 2  4 2 114 111 3 1 23  112       5 6 516
Cycling 6 52 13 8 2212 842 142 114 112 4   22 25 13 1149
Diving 1 11 3    11       1  1            1 2 2 5
Equestrian 2 1  3 3 115   2 211 13  1 1       6 4 414
Golf 1    1                               1 1
Gymnastics 2 23 7   134   1 1                 2 3 7 12
Hockey 1    1    11                       1 1 2
Judo   1 1   112             1 1       2 2 4
Mod Pent           1   1   1   1     1 1 1   1 2         1 2 2 5
Rowing 3 2  5 4 239 222 612 142 1 3 1 1 2 13 9 7 29
Rugby 7s   1  1                                  1 1
Sailing 2 1  3 1 4 5 411 621 253 2 5  2  2 12 11 3 26
Shooting   2 2 1   1           1 1 2       2 1 2 5
Swimming 1 5  6   123 222 6   22       11 2 3 9 7 19
Taekwondo 1 11 3 1  12   1 1                 2 1 3 6
Tennis 1    1 1 1 2                  1  1 2 2 4
Triathlon 1 11 3 1  12                       2 1 2 5
Total 27 23 17 67 29 17 19 65 19 13 15 47 9 9 12 30 11 10 7 28 1 8 6 15 96 80 76 252
Ranking 2nd 2nd 4th 10th 10th 36th  

Teams that finished ahead of Great Britain

1992: Unified Team, USA, Germany, China, Cuba, Spain, South Korea, Hungary, France, Australia, Canada, Italy.

The Unified Team represented all of the former Soviet states except Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – all of whom competed separately.

1996: just about everybody!

2000: USA, Russia, China, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Cuba

2004: USA, China, Russia, Australia, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, South Korea

2008: China, USA, Russia

2012: USA (Russia had more medals altogether – 24 gold, 26 silver, 32 Bronze, total 82 – but fewer golds)

2016: USA (China had more medals altogether – 26 gold, 18 silver, 26 Bronze, total 70 – but fewer golds)

© Haydn Thompson 2017