Croatia Takes the Olympic Bronze for Gold Medals Per Capita

By 24 August 2016

After a highly successful Olympics for Croatia's athletes, the New York Times puts that success into context on August 22, 2016.

For a relatively small country, Croatia has always punched above its weight in the field of sport, from handball to waterpolo, basketball to football. 

Croatia's athletes performed heroically in Rio at the 2016 Olympics, and the New York Times put those efforts into a global context by assembling a different kind of medal table, gold medals per capita.

Sitting behind the tiny Bahamas in first place with one gold, and Jamaica (Usain Boltland) in second, Croatia took the per capita bronze, with five gold medals to show for its 4.2 million people, one gold per 844,880 inhabitants, a commendable achievement. 

Britain, which came second in the overall gold medal table, was only 13th in the per capita list, but as a Brit, it wa certainly encouraging for Britain to finish ahead of China in actual gold medals as well as per capita. It certainly is more favourable than doing the same comparisons with England and Iceland in football...