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Rio Olympics 2016: 5 small countries who have prolific medal tallies

Amit Sinha
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Mathew Belcher (R) and Malcolm Page (L) of Australia celebrate in the Olympic rings after winning gold in the Men's 470 Sailing in London Olympics

India’s poverty in Olympics can be better understood in the light of the successes of nations that don’t have even half the population of ours. India have missed only 4 Olympics since the inception of the Games and have managed to secure just 26 medals in these attempts.

On the other hand, a glance at the overall leaderboard of medals reveals that countries much smaller in both size and population than India have dominated the Olympics.

With Rio Olympics nearing, we take a look at 5 nations that can put India to shame with the sheer weight of numbers.


Opening Ceremony of Winter Olympics in 1994 in Norway

The Scandinavian country has participated in all except for three Olympics, two in the early days of Olympics and one in 1980 when they decided to be a part of the US-led boycott at the peak of Cold War rivalries. However, the country still has to its name 149 medals in Summer Olympics with 56 golds,49 silvers and 44 Bronze.

In Winter Olympics, the country sits at the top of the medals list with a total of 329 medals where the country’s athletes have won 118 Gold 111 Silver and 100 Bronze.

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