Rio 2016: Ten countries missing in the 2016 Summer Olympics medal table

We’ve looked at the medal table of the last 2012 Summer Olympics in London and checked out which countries are missing in this year’s medal table in Rio.


Algeria left London with its first Olympic gold medal since 2000 from middle-distance runner Taoufik Makhloufi. We’re not sure if they could get another one in Rio though.


In London, Bulgaria, failed to win the gold medal for the first time since 1952, after achieving poor athletic performance at these Olympic games. Only two medals were awarded to the athletes, the bronze medal won by heavyweight boxer Tervel Pulev, and Stanka Zlateva‘s silver medal in wrestling.



Cyprus left London with its first ever Olympic medal by sailor Pavlos Kontides, who won silver in the men’s Laser event.



Finland got three medals in London, one silver and two bronze medals in sailing and athletics, failing to win a gold medal for the second time in Summer Olympic history since 2004. Finland got one silver and one bronze from Sailing coutesy of Tuuli Petäjä, Silja Kanerva, Silja Lehtinen, Mikaela Wulff and one silver in in atheltics courtesy of Antti Ruuskanen.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong left London with only a single Olympic medal, their third in history. Road and track cyclist Lee Wai Sze, who was the nation’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony, won the bronze medal in the women’s keirin event.


saina-nehwal2-2171165This was India’s most successful Olympics in terms of total medal tally, having won a total of 6 medals (2 silver and 4 bronze), doubling the nation’s previous record (3 medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics). Two medals each were awarded to the athletes in shooting and wrestling. India also set a historical milestone for the female athletes who won two Olympic medals. Badminton player and world junior champion Saina Nehwal became the first Indian athlete to win an Olympic bronze medal in the women’s singles. Boxer Mary Kom, on the other hand, lost to Great Britain’s Nicola Adams in the semi-final match, but settled for the bronze in the first ever women’s flyweight event.


The London Summer Olympics was Mexico’s most successful Olympics where it was not the host nation, winning a total of 7 medals (1 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze), and surpassing their record by just a single medal from Los Angeles and Sydney. Three of these medals were awarded to the athletes in diving, and two in archery for the first time. Among the nation’s medalists were springboard diver Laura Sánchez, who won Mexico’s first Olympic medal for a female in an individual event. Meanwhile, taekwondo jin María Espinoza and platform diver Paola Espinosa became the first Mexican woman in history to win a total of two Olympic medals. Mexico also set its milestone for team-based sports, as the men’s football team won its first ever Olympic gold medal in the final match against Brazil.


Like Mexico, the 2012 Summer Olympics was Qatar’s most successful Olympics too, after 12 years, winning a total of two Olympic medals. Skeet shooter Nasser Al-Attiyah, and high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim both claimed bronze medals for the first time in their respective sporting events.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia left London with only a bronze medal, won by the equestrian team members Ramzy Al Duhami, Abdullah Al Saud, Kamal Bahamdan, and Abdullah Sharbatly in show jumping.


Fencer Rubén Limardo who won the men’s individual épée. It was Venezuela’s first gold medal since 1968, and its second in Olympic history.

Venezuela's Ruben Limardo celebrates his
Venezuela’s Ruben Limardo celebrates his victory over US fencer Weston Kelsey during their Men’s epee semi final bout as part of the fencing event of London 2012 Olympic games, on August 1, 2012 at the ExCel centre in London. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/GettyImages)

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