So, as of today the gold medal tally stands at:-

USA 39
CHINA 37
GREAT BRITAIN 25
RUSSIA 12
SOUTH KOREA 12

I saw comment on Facebook yesterday that was interesting:-

“After a bit of thought about gold medals, it got me wondering, “So China and the USA have more golds, but they also have more people, I guess that makes us a more talented nation”. So, I took pencil to paper, and judging my mathematics are correct, I have a couple of statistics:

The population of China is roughly 1,339,000,000. The population of the USA is roughly 314,000,000. And the population of the UK is around 60,000,000″.

….I’m just saying….

GO GEEEEEBEEEEEEE XXX

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  1. It’s true that these big countries benefit through having a bigger pool of talent to go through before they hit on somebody really exceptional. China and Russia are a case in point. In Russia they would literally refuse to work with you if you did not have the right measurements or other physical characteristics. That’s how bent they were on winning. Once in, the system would carry you through, unless you got injured and then you were discarded. Even now, when there is more of a commercial spirit, this attitude persists.

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