Who won the 2012 Olympics? No real answer, but the United States, again, won more medals than anyone else, beating China to the top spot in the overall rankings and the gold medal count, but Great Britain, the hosts, had a sensational two weeks, finishing third in the medal table, overtaking Russia with 29 gold medals.

In total, 85 nations won an Olympic medal, including a first ever medal for Bahrain, Montenegro, Guatemala, Gabon, Cyprus, Botswana and Grenada.

Number 10 – Australia

Sally Pearson Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics

A disappointing Olympic experience for Australia, winning a total of 35 medals – 7 of gold, 16 of silver and 12 of bronze. They won gold in athletics (Sally Pearson in the Women’s 110 meters hurdles), canoeing, cycling and sailing, but the biggest disappointment came in the pool, winning only one gold medal through the women’s 4×100 meters freestyle relay.

Number 9 – Hungary

Daniel Gyurta Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics

A vast improvement for Hungary in comparison with the 2008 games, finishing with 17 medals – 8 gold, 4 silver, 5 bronze. Their most successful events were the Canoeing, taking three golds there, and the swimming pool, with Dániel Gyurta winning the 200 meters breaststroke and Éva Risztov winning the women’s marathon (10 kilometers).

Number 8 – Italy

Elisa Di Francisca Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics

Italy had a very similar Olympiad to 2008, moving up one spot in the rankings and winning one more medal, 28 in total – 8 gold, 9 silver, 11 bronze. Fencing, as expected, brought 3 gold medals, Elisa Di Francisca winning in both the individual and team foil events. The shooting range also brought two gold medals, while the usually successful swimming crew managed only one bronze medal.

Number 7 – France

Yannick Agnel Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics

France did drop in the totla number of medals, but saw a vast improvement in their rankings (from 11th) and in the gold medals, winning 11 of them in London. They won four in the swimming competitions through Camille Mouffat, the men’s 4×100 freestyle team, Yannick Agnel in the 200 meters freestyle and Florent Manaudou in the men’s 50 meters freestyle. Renaud Lavillenie brought a track & field gold in the pole vault while Judo, as always, yielded two more gold medals. The men’s handball team continued their world domination with another gold medal.

Number 6 – Germany

Julius Brink Jonas Reckermann Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics

Germany won more medals than in 2008 (44 to 41) but won only 11 of gold, compared with 16 last time, dropping them one spot in the rankings. The Germans didn’t win a single medal in the pool, but came up with 8 medals in Atheltics including Robert Harting’s gold (discus throw). Three gold medals came in Canoeing events and two more in Equestrian, while the men’s Beach Volleyball team surprised many by taking the gold against Brazil in the final.

Number 5 – South Korea

Song Dae Nam Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics

Continued their rise in Olympic sports by moving up two spots from Beijing, winning two less medals (30 to 28) and keeping their golds at 13. Archery and Shooting each brought three gold medals to South Korea, with Ki Bo-Bae winning two golds in Archery competitions. Men’s Judo brought two more gold medals and fencing events added two more.

Number 4 – Russia

Russia Volleyball Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics

Russia dropped a spot but did win nine more medals in total than Beijing and improved their gold count by one, finishing with 24. The final athletics days were huge for the Russian team, winning 8 gold medals in those events. Gymnastics brought a disappointing count of only three gold medals, but they won three in Judo and four in the wrestling competitions, while the men’s volleyball team made an incredible comeback against Brazil to grab gold.

Number 3 – Great Britain

Chris Hoy Gold Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics

The host nation set a goal of overtaking Russia in the rankings and achieved that with a fantastic performance, winning 65 medals, 18 more than in Beijing, and 29 of gold, 10 more than 4 years ago. The Athletics competitions brought 4 gold medals, two of them to Mo Farah in the 5000 & 10,000 races. Boxing added three more but the big achievement was in Cycling, winning 12 medals, surpassing the expectations, 8 of them of gold. Rowing was also a huge success with four gold medals and 9 in total.

Number 2 – China

China Sun Yang Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics

Fell from the top spot in Beijing, winning 12 less medals in total (100 to 88) and 13 less in gold (51 to 38). The big three for China were the Swimming (10 medals, 5 of gold), Diving (10 medals, 6 of gold) and Gymnastics (12 medals, 5 of gold) competitions. They swept the table tennis events and in Badminton, and also had a fantastic weightlifting two weeks, winning 5 gold medals and two of silver.

Number 1 – United States

Olympic Medal M Swim 400 Medley Relay e1344859872971 Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics

Back to number one with gold (46) and in total, despite falling from 110 to 104. They took both Basketball events and also the women’s soccer tournament. They won three gold medals, including the women’s all-around in the Gymnastics competitions. Swimming was a huge hit, winning 16 gold medals and placing in the top 3 in 30 out of the 32 events, while track & field also went very well with nine gold medals.

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Medal Table

 
 Rank NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 22px Flag of the United States.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics United States (USA) 46 29 29 104
2 22px Flag of the People%27s Republic of China.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics China (CHN) 38 27 23 88
3 22px Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Great Britain (GBR)* 29 17 19 65
4 22px Flag of Russia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Russia (RUS) 24 26 32 82
5 22px Flag of South Korea.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics South Korea (KOR) 13 8 7 28
6 22px Flag of Germany.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Germany (GER) 11 19 14 44
7 22px Flag of France.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics France (FRA) 11 11 12 34
8 22px Flag of Italy.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Italy (ITA) 8 9 11 28
9 22px Flag of Hungary.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Hungary (HUN) 8 4 5 17
10 22px Flag of Australia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Australia (AUS) 7 16 12 35
11 22px Flag of Japan.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Japan (JPN) 7 14 17 38
12 22px Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Kazakhstan (KAZ) 7 1 5 13
13 22px Flag of the Netherlands.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Netherlands (NED) 6 6 8 20
14 22px Flag of Ukraine.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Ukraine (UKR) 6 5 9 20
15 22px Flag of New Zealand.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics New Zealand (NZL) 6 2 5 13
16 22px Flag of Cuba.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Cuba (CUB) 5 3 6 14
17 22px Flag of Iran.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Iran (IRI) 4 5 3 12
18 22px Flag of Jamaica.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Jamaica (JAM) 4 4 4 12
19 22px Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Czech Republic (CZE) 4 3 3 10
20 22px Flag of North Korea.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics North Korea (PRK) 4 0 2 6
21 22px Flag of Spain.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Spain (ESP) 3 10 4 17
22 22px Flag of Brazil.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Brazil (BRA) 3 5 9 17
23 22px Flag of South Africa.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics South Africa (RSA) 3 2 1 6
24 22px Flag of Ethiopia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Ethiopia (ETH) 3 1 3 7
25 22px Flag of Croatia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Croatia (CRO) 3 1 2 6
26 22px Flag of Belarus.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Belarus (BLR) 2 5 5 12
27 22px Flag of Romania.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Romania (ROU) 2 5 2 9
28 22px Flag of Kenya.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Kenya (KEN) 2 4 5 11
29 22px Flag of Denmark.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Denmark (DEN) 2 4 3 9
30 22px Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Azerbaijan (AZE) 2 2 6 10
30 22px Flag of Poland.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Poland (POL) 2 2 6 10
32 22px Flag of Turkey.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Turkey (TUR) 2 2 1 5
33 20px Flag of Switzerland.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Switzerland (SUI) 2 2 0 4
34 22px Flag of Lithuania.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Lithuania (LTU) 2 1 2 5
35 22px Flag of Norway.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Norway (NOR) 2 1 1 4
36 22px Flag of Canada.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Canada (CAN) 1 5 12 18
37 22px Flag of Sweden.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Sweden (SWE) 1 4 3 8
38 22px Flag of Colombia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Colombia (COL) 1 3 4 8
39 22px Flag of Georgia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Georgia (GEO) 1 3 3 7
39 22px Flag of Mexico.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Mexico (MEX) 1 3 3 7
41 22px Flag of Ireland.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Ireland (IRL) 1 1 3 5
42 22px Flag of Argentina.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Argentina (ARG) 1 1 2 4
42 22px Flag of Slovenia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Slovenia (SLO) 1 1 2 4
42 22px Flag of Serbia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Serbia (SRB) 1 1 2 4
45 22px Flag of Tunisia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Tunisia (TUN) 1 1 1 3
46 22px Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Dominican Republic (DOM) 1 1 0 2
47 22px Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 1 0 3 4
47 22px Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Uzbekistan (UZB) 1 0 3 4
49 22px Flag of Latvia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Latvia (LAT) 1 0 1 2
50 22px Flag of Algeria.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Algeria (ALG) 1 0 0 1
50 22px Flag of the Bahamas.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Bahamas (BAH) 1 0 0 1
50 22px Flag of Grenada.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Grenada (GRN) 1 0 0 1
50 22px Flag of Uganda.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Uganda (UGA) 1 0 0 1
50 22px Flag of Venezuela.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Venezuela (VEN) 1 0 0 1
55 22px Flag of India.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics India (IND) 0 2 4 6
56 22px Flag of Mongolia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Mongolia (MGL) 0 2 3 5
57 22px Flag of Thailand.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Thailand (THA) 0 2 1 3
58 22px Flag of Egypt.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Egypt (EGY) 0 2 0 2
59 22px Flag of Slovakia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Slovakia (SVK) 0 1 3 4
60 22px Flag of Armenia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Armenia (ARM) 0 1 2 3
60 22px Flag of Belgium %28civil%29.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Belgium (BEL) 0 1 2 3
60 22px Flag of Finland.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Finland (FIN) 0 1 2 3
63 22px Flag of Bulgaria.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Bulgaria (BUL) 0 1 1 2
63 22px Flag of Estonia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Estonia (EST) 0 1 1 2
63 22px Flag of Indonesia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Indonesia (INA) 0 1 1 2
63 22px Flag of Malaysia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Malaysia (MAS) 0 1 1 2
63 22px Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Puerto Rico (PUR) 0 1 1 2
63 22px Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Chinese Taipei (TPE) 0 1 1 2
69 22px Flag of Botswana.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Botswana (BOT) 0 1 0 1
69 22px Flag of Cyprus.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Cyprus (CYP) 0 1 0 1
69 22px Flag of Gabon.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Gabon (GAB) 0 1 0 1
69 22px Flag of Guatemala.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Guatemala (GUA) 0 1 0 1
69 22px Flag of Montenegro.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Montenegro (MNE) 0 1 0 1
69 22px Flag of Portugal.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Portugal (POR) 0 1 0 1
75 22px Flag of Greece.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Greece (GRE) 0 0 2 2
75 22px Flag of Moldova.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Moldova (MDA) 0 0 2 2
75 22px Flag of Qatar.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Qatar (QAT) 0 0 2 2
75 22px Flag of Singapore.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Singapore (SIN) 0 0 2 2
79 22px Flag of Afghanistan.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Afghanistan (AFG) 0 0 1 1
79 22px Flag of Bahrain.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Bahrain (BRN) 0 0 1 1
79 22px Flag of Hong Kong.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Hong Kong (HKG) 0 0 1 1
79 22px Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Saudi Arabia (KSA) 0 0 1 1
79 22px Flag of Kuwait.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Kuwait (KUW) 0 0 1 1
79 22px Flag of Morocco.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Morocco (MAR) 0 0 1 1
79 22px Flag of Tajikistan.svg Final Medal Count of the 2012 Summer Olympics Tajikistan (TJK) 0 0 1 1
Total (85 NOCs) 302 304 356 962