Olympic Medal Tally Eurovision-style: Final Update

August 12, 2012

As the London Olympics draw to a close and viewers around the world wonder why the songs we have already heard in the Closing Ceremony are being repeated, it is time to talk up the final Eurovision-Olympic tally – the most realistic reflection of Olympic quality across nations ever devised.

There has been a flurry of medals in the last few days with boxing and wrestling finals raising the question as to whether there are too many weight divisions (why celebrate being lighter than other competitors). Similarly, is a 100 metre sprint really anything more than half a 200 metre sprint? Such arbitrary delineations seem an odd way to distinguish quality.

Since my last post, Australia has made its way up into the top 10 in the traditional medal tally, and only climbs 4 more places to 6th in the Eurovision-Olympic tally. So do we need such a revised tally that grades performance in a manner more closely linked to the difference in the scores, times and actual, well, performance? Hell yes. Until this takes hold, we will always have journalists and other commentators viewing Silver as a failure. Until we have the same journalists quizzed as to why they didn’t win a Walkley Award (“so how would you have written that article differently if you could go back and re-do it”) there is an awful inequity here.

So, please find the final charts for the Olympics. And campaign for this to be the way for medal tallies to be compiled in the future!

Rank Country 1st 2nd 3rd 4th-8th Total
1 United States 552 290 248 315 1405
2 China 444 260 176 162 1042
3 Russia 288 240 264 242 1034
4 Great Britain 348 170 144 218 880
5 Germany 132 210 112 213 667
6 Australia 84 160 96 177 517
7 France 132 110 96 154 492
8 Japan 84 140 136 90 450
9 Italy 96 90 88 121 395
10 Korea 156 80 56 60 352
11 Ukraine 84 50 72 94 300
12 Netherlands 72 60 64 85 281
13 Canada 12 50 96 101 259
14 Spain 36 100 32 88 256
15 Hungary 96 40 40 56 232
16 Brazil 36 50 72 33 191
16 New Zealand 60 20 40 71 191
18 Cuba 60 30 56 35 181
19 Belarus 24 50 40 54 168
19 Poland 36 20 48 64 168
21 Jamaica 48 40 32 28 148
22 Czech Republic 48 30 24 44 146
22 Kazakhstan 84 10 40 12 146
24 Kenya 24 40 40 38 142
25 Denmark 24 40 16 55 135
26 Romania 24 50 24 36 134
27 Sweden 12 40 24 54 130
28 Iran 48 40 24 9 121
29 Azerbaijan 24 20 48 20 112
30 Ethiopia 36 10 24 34 104
31 Mexico 12 30 24 36 102
32 South Africa 36 20 8 30 94
33 Colombia 12 30 32 14 88
34 Croatia 36 10 16 24 86
35 Turkey 24 20 8 28 80
36 North Korea 48 0 16 12 76
36 India 0 20 32 24 76
36 Lithuania 24 10 16 26 76
39 Georgia 12 30 24 9 75
40 Serbia 12 10 16 34 72
41 Ireland 12 10 24 16 62
42 Argentina 12 10 16 23 61
42 Switzerland 24 20 0 17 61
42 Uzbekistan 12 0 24 25 61
45 Norway 24 10 8 17 59
46 Trinidad and Tobago 12 0 24 19 55
47 Belgium 0 10 16 28 54
48 Slovenia 12 10 16 10 48
49 Mongolia 0 20 24 0 44
49 Thailand 0 20 8 16 44
51 Slovakia 0 10 24 9 43
52 Bulgaria 0 10 8 22 40
53 Greece 0 0 16 23 39
54 Finland 0 10 16 11 37
55 Egypt 0 20 0 15 35
56 Tunisia 12 10 8 4 34
57 Malaysia 0 10 8 14 32
58 Indonesia 0 10 8 11 29
58 Latvia 12 0 8 9 29
58 Taiwan 0 10 8 11 29
61 Portugal 0 10 0 18 28
62 Armenia 0 10 16 1 27
63 Dominican Republic 12 10 0 4 26
64 Moldova 0 0 24 1 25
64 Venezuela 12 0 0 13 25
66 Bahamas 12 0 0 12 24
67 Estonia 0 10 8 5 23
67 Puerto Rico 0 10 8 5 23
69 Austria 0 0 0 22 22
70 Singapore 0 0 16 2 18
71 Qatar 0 0 16 0 16
72 Botswana 0 10 0 5 15
72 Hong Kong 0 0 8 7 15
72 Montenegro 0 10 0 5 15
75 Algeria 12 0 0 2 14
75 Iraq 0 10 0 4 14
75 Morocco 0 0 8 6 14
78 Chile 0 0 0 13 13
78 Kuwait 0 0 8 5 13
78 Saudi Arabia 0 0 8 5 13
81 Grenada 12 0 0 0 12
81 Israel 0 0 0 12 12
81 Uganda 12 0 0 0 12
84 Bahrain 0 0 8 3 11
84 Guatemala 0 10 0 1 11
84 Nigeria 0 0 0 11 11
84 Vietnam 0 0 0 11 11
88 Cyprus 0 10 0 0 10
88 Gabon 0 10 0 0 10
90 Afghanistan 0 0 8 1 9
91 Tajikistan 0 0 8 0 8
92 Ivory Coast 0 0 0 5 5
92 Eritrea 0 0 0 5 5
92 San Marino 0 0 0 5 5
95 Barbados 0 0 0 4 4
95 Equador 0 0 0 4 4
97 Samoa 0 0 0 3 3
97 Syria 0 0 0 3 3
97 Turkmenistan 0 0 0 3 3
100 Burundi 0 0 0 2 2
100 Senegal 0 0 0 2 2
100 Sudan 0 0 0 2 2
100 Zimbabwe 0 0 0 2 2
104 Fiji 0 0 0 1 1
104 Honduras 0 0 0 1 1
104 Iceland 0 0 0 1 1
104 Mali 0 0 0 1 1
104 Uruguay 0 0 0 1 1
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