How Australia, New Zealand and KOSOVO are the real dominant forces in the Olympics: Map shows countries with the most medals per capita
- Data measuring Olympic medals per capita shows who is leading the world
- New Zealand, Mongolia, Australia and Kosovo are the real powerhouses
- China and the United States appear near the bottom of the table
- Website measures medals won by the population of each country
China and the United States may dominate the official Olympic medal table, but a map plotting medals per capita tells an entirely different story.
Countries including New Zealand, Mongolia, Australia and Kosovo are the real powerhouses when podium finishes are measured by population size, according to medalspercapita.com.
Kosovo sits on top of the list after judo star Majlinda Kelmendi won the country’s first ever Olympic gold medal on Sunday.
Judo star Majlinda Kelmendi won Kosovo’s first Olympic gold medal on Sunday
Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008 following years of violent ethnic tensions, has a population of just 1.8 million.
Comparatively small Slovenia (one medal) and New Zealand (two medals) are second and third, respectively.
Australia is sixth on the table with eight medals, meaning it has won one medal for every 2,972,646 Australians.
World powers like the United States (29th place) and China (41st place) sit at the other end of the spectrum. Great Britain ranked 31st on the list.
The United States, which boasts star-studded track and basketball teams, is number one on the official Rio table with 24 medals.
Australian bronze medallist Emma McKeon after competing in the Women’s 200m freestyle
The Australian women’s Rugby Sevens team celebrate winning gold at the Rio Olympics
Natalie Rooney from New Zealand won silver in the women’s trap event
But its population of 324 million means it has only won one medal for every 15,305,658 Americans.
Likewise, China’s 17-medal haul is less impressive when viewed in light of its 1.3 billion-strong citizens.
On a per capita basis, China has only one medal for every 91,414,666 people.
Creator Craig Nevill-Manning, a computer scientist based in New York, has revealed part of his motivation for the website.
‘My bias? I’m originally from New Zealand, which has consistently been in the top half-dozen or so countries for total medals and gold medals per capita, and in 1984 won the most golds per capita,’ he wrote.
OLYMPIC MEDALS PER CAPITA
3. New Zealand
POPULATION PER MEDAL