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GB Olympics Medals Totals

This is simply one of those things which I was curious about, and found it tricky to find online. Eventually I did. So I present the data here in the hope that it might save you an equally long search.

YearVenueGoldSilverBronzeTotalPosition
1948London31462312th
1952Helsinki1281118th
1956Melbourne6711248th
1960Rome26122012th
1964Tokyo41221810th
1968Mexico City5531310th
1972Munich4591812th
1976Montreal3551313th
1980Moscow579219th
1984Los Angeles510223711th
1988Seoul51092412th
1992Barcelona53122013th
1996Atlanta1861536th
2000Sydney111072810th
2004Athens9912309th

I suspect that Great Britain’s Olympic medals totals – and position overall in the table – are lower than most people think, or seem to remember. We’ve rarely crept into the top ten since World War 2, and don’t forget our results were probably exaggerated in the Olympic Games which had boycotts, which were 1980 and 1984 to the best of my memory. In fact, GB’s performance at the last two Olympics have been exceptional, and they’re shaping up to be just as good in Beijing in 2008. Just because we don’t have a couple of superstar middle distance runners any more, doesn’t mean we don’t sit at the top table. We do.

(Mind you, as has been pointed out, the sports where we excel, such as rowing, sailing, equestrianism, cycling etc., all have one thing in common: they’re the sports where you sit on your backside. How very British)

UPDATE: Day Ten of the Beijing Olympics, and just in case it never gets any better than this, here’s today’s medal table. You read it right: that’s third. Yes, THIRD.

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