Medal Tally Leaders from each Olympiad

Here is the top-ranked country based on Olympic gold medals won from each Olympic year. As per tradition, the ranking order is based first on the number of gold medals, then silver and bronze.

The USA has led the medal tally the most times (18 times out of 29 when counting the intercalated Games of 1906). It is then not surprising that the USA leads the table of all-time total medals from all Games.

The former USSR is the next most successful country, with much less appearances. At six of its nine appearances at the Summer Olympic Games between 1952 and 1988, the Soviet team (USSR) ranked first in the total number of gold medals won, and was second on the other three occasions. Then in 1992 the Unified Team, made up of most of the former Soviet republics, led the medal count.

Home ground advantage? Nine times the host country has led the final medal tally (see asterisks).

The link for each host city takes you to the list of the medal table for that year so you can see how other countries performed each time.

Year Host City Country Gold Silver Bronze total
2021 Tokyo USA 39 41 33 113
2016 Rio USA 46 37 38 121
2012 London USA 46 29 29 104
2008 Beijing China * 51 21 28 100
2004 Athens USA 35 39 29 103
2000 Sydney USA 40 24 33 97
1996 Atlanta USA * 44 32 25 101
1992 Barcelona Unified Team 45 38 29 112
1988 Seoul USSR 55 31 46 132
1984 Los Angeles USA * 83 61 30 174
1980 Moscow USSR * 80 69 46 195
1976 Montreal USSR 49 41 35 125
1972 Munich USSR 50 27 22 99
1968 Mexico City USA 45 28 34 107
1964 Tokyo USA 36 26 28 90
1960 Rome USSR 43 29 31 103
1956 Melbourne USSR 37 29 32 98
1952 Helsinki USA 40 19 17 76
1948 London USA 38 27 19 84
1936 Berlin Germany * 33 26 30 89
1932 Los Angeles USA * 41 32 30 103
1928 Amsterdam USA 22 18 16 56
1924 Paris USA 45 27 27 99
1920 Antwerp USA 41 27 27 95
1912 Stockholm USA 25 19 19 63
1908 London Great Britain * 56 51 39 146
1906 Athens France 15 9 16 40
1904 St Louis USA * 78 82 79 239
1900 Paris France * 25 41 34 100
1896 Athens USA 11 7 2 20

* host nation

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